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Ringing in the new year

By
Craig Levitt, managing editor

New year, same problems. Supply chain issues (i.e. too few trucks, increased delivery costs) are impacting prices throughout the produce aisle. According to the USDA week 1 prices for peaches, nectarines and grapes are higher than traditionally at this time of year. In fact, peach and nectarine markets are at their second-highest starting price in the last 10 years.

Rain in California continues to raise strawberry prices, which are more than $18, third-highest price in 10 years, according to ProduceIQ.

Cold weather in the California desert is slowing cauliflower growth as prices climb. ProduceIQ said quality in still good, but the market will remain stretched for another week at least.

A Mexican cold front is slowing green Bell pepper supply, putting prices at $12, up from $6 not too long ago. Orange and yellow Bells are selling at $6 to $8, half what they were two weeks ago.  

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