Fresh market update
From our National Procurement Manager
From around Australia and in the fresh markets see whats in abundance, what is new in season, whats short and any issues that are relevant to this week in the markets.
In2Food is well positioned to assist our customers with a national distribution network and local supply capbilities.
Placing your orders in advance is greatly appreciated and will help us to meet your order needs.
Shortages in the market
The below lines are scarce and short in the fresh markets as the Australian season is finishing. We may still be able to source them, but Australian grown produce may be more expensive or they may be imported.
QLD Strawberry supply has improved a little with some smaller fruit beginning to appear. Prices back a little. Blueberries are steady but there is no consistency with growers while Raspberry supply remains tight. Blackberries are very limited.
Supply still low out of QLD. Will be minimal supply over the next 2 weeks.
Demand of cabbage remains very strong and supply light, leading to “Dutch Auction” pricing as buyers try secure supply.
Supply will be light this coming week as growers in Far North Queensland have a gap in production. Pricing will be very firm due to markets being tidy and not a lot of product on the road. Supply will improve the following week.
Baby beet (especially gold & target) supplies remain minimal. Coloured Dutch are still limited & orange dutch supplies are struggling to meet demand. Some baby zucchini available.
Long reds & birdseye are slowly becoming more available & better value. Long greens & Jalapeno still limited.
Sage, oregano, rosemary, tarragon & thyme continue to be extremely low in supply. Prices remain high on all dry herbs. Wet herbs such as coriander, parsley, mint, dill & chives are also still light with extra stock having to come out of QLD. Basil supply has slowed out of QLD. Thai basil very limited.
|Edible flowers||Supplies remain limited and very little variety available. Mainlt Viola and some Dianthus. Elder and Garlic flower are not available along with most other varities.|
Supply remains spasmodi and is set to continue for the next couple of weeks.
Some squash available in the market this, albeit a dozen trays and pricing were reflective. Both North Qld and some local Northern Victorian fruit on the markets this week.
Local iceberg is available & quality continues to improve. Interstate supplies are still limited & quite pricey. Local Cos is in good supply at the moment with prices back further & quite good quality. Baby gem & twin pack cos supplies have improved a little but remain very expensive. Hydroponic lettuce has improved a little with prices back a touch.
Lebanese & Aussie green very limited, Telegraph have also become tight with prices up on all.
Availability remains quite low with suppliers struggling to have colour fruit for the market. The majority of stock is very green.
|Broccoli /Brocollini/ Cauliflower||
Broccoli & Cauliflower quality is good with supply improving out of all growing regions leading to an easing in pricing across all markets.
Snow & Sugar Snap Peas –Supplies remain heavily affected by QLD rains. Prices on all lines remain high. Imported sugar snaps best value.
NT Watermelons are light as very low winter temps are slowing growth. Rockmelons are best value; honeydews are extremely limited & will be for quite a few weeks, (fruit will be very small). Some Spanish melon available. No candy.
Only black AUS grapes (seeded) left & now onto imported red & green USA produce. Supplies are light on imports.
Prices are up as last of Australian supplies draw to an end.
Only limited QLD supplies
|Bock Choy/Choy Sum||
Supply is short with high pricing and possibly not available.
Quality is very good with supply steady at this stage, with pricing easing to encourage more demand as supply improves.
Supplies of fresh eggs continue to shorten, with supermarkets now rationing customer purchases.
The shortage is due to farmers reducing flocks during COVID 19 lockdowns, a shift towards free range eggs (less production), rising costs and poor weather.