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Produce

Adverse weather conditions, drought, and prolonged El Nino/La Nina effects continue to persist, resulting in decreased production and higher market prices for different commodities. The escalated market prices are expected to endure for the upcoming weeks. The transition from Yuma, AZ, to Salinas Valley, CA, is complete, and all wet veg items will be shipped from Salinas Valley. The overall quality has continued to improve.

 

Grains

Because of favorable planting conditions in the United States, a high harvest in South America, and a decrease in overall demand, soybean oil was less. The weekly average of palm oil increased, but it dropped sharply on Friday due to the soybean oil trend. Canola also had a turbulent week due to a decline in soybean oil.

 

Dairy

The markets for shell eggs are all flat, and demand is declining. Except for X-Large and Large, the markets in California and the Northwest are flat. Block and barrel sales are steadily rising. Butter has an issue with Demand for domestic butter varies around the country.

 

Beef

The amount of market inventory keeps reducing packers’ capacity to hold onto or raise pricing. Tenders and ribs still exhibit discounts. Top butts and strips are being dropped. Packers are discounting, and end cuts, insides, and chucks seem to be following market trends. Thin meats benefited from a reduced harvest, but grinds don’t because of sluggish retail demand.

 

Pork

Due of growing demand, both boneless butts and B/I will be moving up next week. The market is rising due to the increased demand for ribs. Retail advertisements are generating greater action in loins, which will lead to a robust market. As the weekly demand for fresh bellies rises, belly trends are also increasing. Trimmings have increased in line with the general pork outlook.

 

Poultry

As May approaches, when breast season peaks, breasts have begun to stiffen. The market for wings is balanced. There is a high demand for tenders, yet they are still the hardest to locate offering. The desire for dark meat is still high. The majority of whole birds are balanced.

 

Seafood

Because landings are much lower now than last year, the North Atlantic lobster business still faces supply issues for lobster meat and tails. The need for live lobsters keeps making it difficult for processors to produce frozen goods.