2018 Per Capita Red Meat and Poultry Disappearance Record-High

Production increases in the U.S. beef, pork, and broiler industries expected in 2018 will likely lead to larger quantities of red meat and poultry available to U.S. consumers. For 2018, that per capita quantity is projected to be the equivalent of 222.8 pounds, the highest since the series calculation began....

Flooding, Hurricanes, and Drought Disrupt Otherwise Strong Vegetable and Dry Pulse Markets

Major weather events have caused varying impacts across many vegetable and pulse regions and crops. However, overall, crops have responded with stronger production over previous periods despite the challenging conditions. During the first 6 months of 2017, prices at the point-of-first-sale (farm price) for most commercial fresh-market vegetables were above previous-year levels, despite increased shipments. Overall, 2017 shipment volume through August was up 2 percent from the 2016 year-to-date level and at parity with shipments from the same time in 2015...

Smaller Crops To Boost Fresh-Market Apple, Pear, and Grape Grower Prices

USDA’s National Agricultural Statistics Service forecast the 2017 U.S. apple crop at 10.4 billion pounds, down 7 percent from the previous year but higher than most years since 2000, if realized. While the anticipated smaller crop should provide a boost to U.S. apple prices during the 2017/18 marketing year...


The Consumer Price Index for All Urban Consumers (CPI-U) increased 0.1 percent in December on a seasonally adjusted basis, the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics reported today. Over the last 12 months, the all items index rose 2.1 percent before seasonal adjustment...

Cold weather in Florida could cause blossom drop for tomatoes and peppers

While things should finally get back to normal next week for U.S. growing locations, keep an eye on possible gapping in tomato and pepper production out of Florida in mid- to late February due to blossom drop from the extreme cold weather in the last two weeks. At the moment Florida is coming back to life with temperatures returning to seasonal norms this weekend and all of next week; look for production to increase over the next week to 10 days. California and Arizona are expected to come back down to normal conditions from the brief heat wave...

Citrus remains bright spot in winter lineup

Texas citrus producers note demand is high for both grapefruit and oranges. Due to a smaller California navel crop than usual, the market for Texas oranges is very strong, according to Lone Star Citrus. Additionally, promotions centered on Chinese New Year are increasing exports...

Price talks put Dungeness crab season on hold in Oregon, Washington

The commercial Dungeness crab season had been set to open Monday in most of Oregon and Washington state, but price negotiations and ocean conditions kept boats at home. Crabbers told The Daily Astorian that major processors initially offered crabbers $2.30 a pound — well below last season's average starting price of $2.89 a pound. The price inched up during the state-sponsored negotiation period in Oregon, but the processors' price has remained below $2.89. John Corbin, chairman of the Oregon Dungeness Crab Commission, and others planned to continue negotiations with processors on Monday. However, fishery managers and crabbers said that with rough ocean conditions expected to follow a warm and sunny weekend, few boats would venture out even if they settled on a price....

Florida stone crab season off to a slow start
Florida's stone crab season has been disappointing so far, with retailers unable to procure more than a couple pounds of the delectable crustacean claws. The Sarasota Herald Tribune reports that since the season opened on Oct. 15 crab traps have been coming up mostly empty. State wildlife officials say the crabs are driven by cold fronts, and that there hasn't been a significant one in the Florida Keys where many crustaceans are caught. Hurricane Irma also rattled Florida's southwest, leading some to blame the disruption for the season's slow start. Stone crab season ends May 15.

Florida orange production forecast
Florida orange production is forecast at 46 million boxes, unchanged from December 2017 but a 33% decrease over last season, according to USDA. Florida grapefruit growers are expected to produce 4.7 million boxes, a decrease of 40% from a year ago....

Late-season toxic algae bloom closes most shellfishing areas in Casco Bay
The state Department of Marine Resources expanded the area of the harvesting ban Tuesday so that it now stretches from Portland Harbor to the west side of Harpswell. The closure was triggered when tests of shellfish flesh showed elevated levels of domoic acid, a naturally occurring toxin that can produce sickness and brain damage in humans. The ban affects hundreds of acres of productive clam flats in Freeport and Brunswick and at least a dozen mussel and oyster farms in those towns and around Chebeague Island. ...

Thailand suspends import of Indian shrimps

In another setback for Indian seafood exporters, Thailand, an emerging market for Indian shrimp products, has gone for a temporary suspension of import of shrimps from India. Thailand accounts for about 13 per cent of 1.70 billion dollar exports made to South East Asia. South East Asia has share of about 30 per cent of the 5.7 billion dollar India seafood exports market...

2018 forecasts out for Stikine, Taku kings (King Salmon)

Biologists with the Alaska Department of Fish and Game say preseason forecasts for Chinook salmon returning to the Stikine and Taku rivers in Southeast Alaska in 2018 are below the escapement goal range and will not provide for an allowable catch in the U.S. or Canada. The announcement from ADF&G’s Sitka office was issued on Dec. 5. The preseason terminal run forecast for Stikine River large Chinook salmon is 6,900 fish, compared to a preseason terminal run forecast of 18,300 fish a year ago. That forecast also was below the midpoint of the escapement goal range of 14,000 to 28,000 fish and o directed fisheries were allowed in early May of 2017....

A Weekly Market Update...
Volume No. 23 Issue No. 3
Date: January 18, 2018

Market Trends Report
Provided by the American Restaurant Association

U.S. Department of Agriculture, Livestock, Poultry & Seed, Dairy, Fruit & Vegetable Report
National Weekly Pricing Report - Prepared for the School Nutrition Association...

Dairy Market News
Date: National Dairy Market at a Glance - January 19, 2018

Fruit & Vegetable Prices at Point of Shipping - National FOB Review
Date: January 19, 2018

Fresh Fruit & Vegetable - National Shipping Point Trends
Prices represent open (spot) market sales by first handlers on product. - Date: January 17, 2018

USDA Egg Market News Report
Date: January 22, 2018

USDA Processed Egg Market News Report
F.O.B. Shipper Dock Basis & Wholesale prices; Date: January 19, 2018

Broiler Market News Report
Date: January 19, 2018

Flour Facts
Information Provided by General Mills Bakery Flour

NOAA Fish News
The Nations Database on Sustainable Seafood - Provided by NOAA Fisheries

The Weekly Blue - The Weekly National Carlot Meat Report
Provided by the USDA

Weekly Boxed Beef Cuts - Prime Beef Programs
Prime Graded Beef Reporting - Provided by the USDA

Weekly Boxed Beef Cuts - Branded Beef Programs
Upper 2/3rd Choice Graded and Lower 1/3rd Choice Graded Beef Reporting - Provided by the USDA

The "Daily" Livestock Report
January 26, 2018 ~ Sponsored by the Chicago Mercantile Exchange

National Retail Report - Beef
Advertised Prices for Beef at Major Retail Supermarket Outlets

YOY (Year Over Year)
Market Tables outlining current 2017 market prices versus 2016
January 18, 2018

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