Crop News

Vegetable Prices Continue Upward


United States

Plantings on peas starting this month. Corn acres are mostly contracted. Grower prices were up about 10% to 15% this season, with prices on most vegetables anticipated to go up by 6% to 7%.

There are some processors who are down on pea acres and some who are down on corn acres.

Industry experts advise that seed is short and land cost is high (land cost has doubled over the last 10 years!). Competition from higher cost crops, with labor costs increasing, are making it more and more difficult for processors to manage their costs. Expect vegetables, including potatoes to be priced higher coming out of the 2023 new season.

California growers struggling with producing enough carrots. Late October/November brought windstorms and carrot acres were lost in the Coachella region. Then along came the California rain storms and lack of sun which resulted in more lost yields and poor-quality carrots. New fields coming up in April and May show much more promise with carrot quality and yields expected to be very good. Prices are rising on carrots.

Fryers are still struggling to secure raw material to meet current demand for processed potatoes. Some U.S. processors are purchasing on open market raw material from Canada to try to meet demand. Storage stocks continue to remain low in the west, while inventories are better in the Midwest and state of Maine.

Based on the current situation, growers would be planting more potatoes in 2023, however there are rumblings of seed supply shortages as well as limitations on water and fumigants. This may cause some growers to reduce their potato acreage.

In a nutshell, French fry and other processed potato products are in high demand and global supplies are low. Raw material cost is high, labor is expensive along with all other input costs, which brings us to another year of higher potato prices.

California’s Fall pepper crop was hurt by rain. Prices have gone up considerably. Peppers are competing with tomatoes for land which is bringing the price up even further.

All berry prices continue to soften as demand is low. Inventories are high and the new season will be upon us in June/July.


Volumes of broccoli and cauliflower coming into the factories are good. Overall, Mexico expects an abundant pack during the next few months if weather conditions cooperate. Quality and yields are favorable on both conventional and organic products and some suppliers are now quoting and taking on new clients.

Labor costs are rising again in Mexico and this along with increased input costs will result in higher prices out of Mexico.

Pepper season now underway and should finish up this month.

Reported by HIS Markit, Mexico now surpasses Chile as the largest supplier of raspberries into the U.S. market. According to date from the International Raspberry Organization (IRO), Mexico is one of the largest producers of raspberries worldwide, with its largest growing area in Jalisco. Most of raspberry production in Mexico goes to the fresh market with about 10% and growing for frozen production.


A short supply of raw material sweet corn due to heavy rain and flooding as well as current higher grower prices will result in short supply and increased prices for frozen and canned sweet corn coming out of Thailand. Higher prices for fertilizer have also contributed to Thailand’s upward trend on prices. Although shipments have been catching up recently.


Peru’s blueberry varieties have enjoyed the cooler winter weather and the crop came on 2 to 3 weeks earlier than usual with volumes and quality very good.

Mango season has been underway. Prices are reported close to last season’s level with an average to good crop expected.

Organic Asparagus season starting up later this month. Both Petite and large size asparagus spears will be available.

Passion Fruit season will go through May. Peak season is expected in March, April, May. Initial harvest delayed by about 21 days due to climate issues. Demand is good and prices remain firm.


Strawberry prices in Chile have soften due to weaker demand compared to last year. A good crop in California with lower prices and the competitive Egyptian season coming up has depressed the market. Competitive prices coming out of Peru and Mexico have also affected the market with reduced prices overall on strawberries compared to last season.

Blueberry season finishing up. More blueberries are expected to go to the frozen processing market due to growers being careful to limit certain varieties for the fresh market due to logistic delays. Prices are declining due to lack of demand.

Chile reported a 40% loss in their pea yields and a reduction in corn production due to less acres being planted.


Strawberry season has commenced with good volume and quality; however current demand is weak, and prices have softened. Warmer weather has started the season earlier than usual which means the season will finish up a bit earlier as well.

New Zealand

Frost conditions have resulted in a Kiwi crop that is expected to be about 10% less than normal. In addition, heavy rain and flooding has resulted in reduced yields of both avocado and kiwi fruit.


2022 continuous wet weather resulted in a potato shortage in Australia, especially for potatoes earmarked for the processing industry. A 50% reduction in yields has been advised. Australia recorded 2022 as the 9th wettest year on record. Coles supermarket has recently proclaimed a buying limit on frozen French fries due to a worrisome supply shortage and many pubs and restaurants have replaced fries or taken them off their menus completely. Potato snacks, including potato chips have also been affected.


This past summer’s crippling heat wave across Europe has caused havoc in much of the crops in Europe leaving some countries facing their worst harvest in years. Lack of precipitation causes soil water content to reduce making it harder for plants to extract water from the soil leading to widespread stress on crops. This has been particularly true in Italy, France, Germany, Hungary, Portugal, and Spain.

Devastating heat in Spain resulted in some vegetable processors there losing almost half of their pea harvest. There has also been difficulty securing farmers to plant and grow vegetables such as peas and corn due to more profitable and less water intensive crops such as wheat. Spain’s sweet corn pricing has risen almost 45% this season. Most European suppliers are off market with no new buyers being accepted currently.

Recent reports indicate that raw material price for peas across Europe will go up by as much as 40% for the 2023 season. Growers there will need incentive to grow peas due to rising input costs and the pull to grow more profitable crops such as grain.

European onions are now in short supply. With the high cost of energy, prices for raw material have gone up and volumes are low. We have heard that supply of European onions could be depleted by May with prices going up by about 13%.

Higher production costs for potato growers and environmental constraints make growing potatoes more risky, difficult, and expensive. However, demand for raw material is increasing due to new processed potato factories coming on board as well as some existing factories expanding capacity. We have already heard grower prices up by 30% to 45% for the 2023 crop. This will surely impact French fry prices moving forward.

Potato prices in Europe are significantly on the rise and most suppliers have reduced their footprint and not taking on new clients.

Global demand for potato products, including French fries, remain high despite the limited volumes available.


Water chestnuts and broccoli harvest underway. Covid restrictions lessening, and prices are now rising on many products due to increase domestic demand.

With prices on both frozen and canned sweet corn rising, China seems to be taking notice with increased exports of sweet corn both canned and frozen to the U.S. and Chile.















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