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China’s Sugar Snap Peas Late


United States

Negotiations for grower contracts are now under way for potatoes, peas and corn. Raw material prices this season expected to be lower than last, however input costs such as equipment and labor are still up so we expect finished product cost to remain stable: similar to last season prices or a few cents lower.  We also could see some slight reductions in corn acreage,  based on the carry over inventory.

Contract negotiations for 2024 season potatoes are ongoing in the Columbia Basin.  Raw material prices will be down.  As well acreage volume may be reduced by about 12% to combat over stock from 2023 season.   Fertilizer and fuel are a bit lower than last season, however other input expenses continue to rise.   Land rent, high interest rates and equipment costs will play a role in raw material prices as well as grower decisions on how much to plant. Carryover of 2023 storage potatoes may cause reductions in acreage for early variety potatoes this coming season.

To date 2023 raw material potato stocks in storage are up 12.4 % compared to last year at this time, with the majority of the stocks in Idaho.  US frozen potato product exports are down by double digits while the percentage of European potato imports to the U.S. continue to rise.

California’s carrot crop suffered setbacks due to Tropical storm Hilary during August and September. Plantings were disrupted at that time and processors are suffering loss of yield along with gaps in harvest.  Most recent news is that conditions are beginning to improve and carrot shipments should be getting back to normal commencing middle March.

In general, it was a difficult year for California. California is the United States number 1 producer for crops such as broccoli, brussels sprouts, lettuce, onions , carrots, peppers and tomatoes. Overall, the state produces half of the U.S. vegetable production. The heavy rain provided many challenges this past year and farmers suffered lost yields, reduced yields, and quality issues due to flooded fields.

The United States vegetable crop was up 6% compared to 2022 season, with sweet cornonions, and tomatoes leading in the growth.

Sweet corn production in 2023 totaled approximately 62.4 million cwt which is up about 3% from last season.   Planted area was actually down in 2023, however the excellent yields produced resulted in a higher than anticipated sweet corn crop.   Low temperatures and rain slowed down crop development in springtime, however, excellent summer conditions, with high heat and sun, moved the crop along with higher yields and good quality.

Onion production increased by about 4% compared to 2022 levels.   Increased acreage and higher yields contributed to this increase.  Rain helped in California after the previous season’s drought conditions. 

US fruit stocks in general are still high and creating a buyer’s market. Some price reductions helped lower supplies, but product availability remains high. The largest stock is frozen blueberries, with the largest share being cultivated blueberries. As of end September 16% more blueberries remained in stock compared to the same time frame last year.


Excessive rain in the Eastern Provinces of Canada hindered the potato crop there. Too much moisture increased disease, caused lower yields and in some areas, harvesting was not possible as fields were too flooded.

Canada is the third largest exporter of frozen fries worldwide and their exports to Mexico and Japan have been increasing. As well, one of Canada’s processing factories is doubling their capacity.

Overall Canada will have enough raw material to carry through the season, although there may be some shortages of fry quality potatoes in Canada’s Atlantic Provinces. However, there are enough potatoes elsewhere to move east to cover any supply gaps.


Broccoli and Cauliflower peak season now underway. Good yields and quality are being reported and processors are running at full capacity.

Pepper season in Mexico in full swing, including Poblano and Anaheim peppers.  To date volumes look promising, however fresh market is paying premium prices.   Season should run through May.

Spinach season now ongoing through end of April.

Mango season ongoing and will go through end April/May.  The season is expected to be a good one.

Mexico’s strawberry season commenced February and is expected to run through end June.  In general the season was delayed by about 30 days due to rain and colder than usual temperatures.   Current estimates of the total strawberry acreage is approximately 58,167 acres, a 5% increase compared to the 2022/23 season.   While competition reigns supreme from Egypt and Morocco, Mexico expects continued growth in the range of 12% to 15%. 

Green and Yellow Zucchini currently under harvest through June.


Mango yields and quality are disappointing this season. Due to El Nino bringing warmer temperatures and rain, predications are for a 50% or more drop in mango production in Ecuador.


The agricultural year in Peru has been challenging due to Cyclone Yaku, an unusual low-pressure system that traveled through Peru and Ecuador in early March.

As well Peru is experiencing the El Nino phenomenon which is bringing warmer than usual temperatures, rain and flooding.

Peru’s blueberry season came in 37% lower than last season with most of the fruit going into processing at Grade B levels.   A Grade fruit went into fresh market with good prices.

Mango season in Peru will be impacted by El Nino which has delayed fruit blossoming, and the crop is expected to be irregular and intermittent. Due to demand of fresh market and limited availability we expect I.Q.F. prices to be high. A 50% drop in yields for Kent variety is expected. Peru’s largest export partner for mango is Europe. Price estimates about 30% higher than last season.

Avocado production is lower than expected due to higher winter temperatures resulting in smaller fruit.

Asparagus: Warmer winter temperatures has allowed for higher production; however, some fields have not properly completed their winter dormancy cycle so this could affect future production.


The October and November heavy rains have and will affect Chile’s fruit crops including strawberries, blueberries, and cherries. Blueberries for processing have been arriving to factories at a slow pace.  Fresh buyers have lowered their quality expectations due to limited supply which has resulted in even lower volumes for processors.

Chile is the third largest processor of cultivated blueberries after China and the U.S.

Raspberry season underway with the crop outlook normal.  Raspberry volumes have been declining in Chile, however new plantings should help with increased production soon.  Prices have increased.

Asparagus season in Chile is completed. Torrential rains during October/November along with lower-than-average temperatures have reduced yields. Raw material prices later in the season were about 25% higher so this, coupled with lower yields, means we expect to see low volume and higher prices coming out of Chile for frozen asparagus.

Costa Rica

Higher temperatures have slowed down pineapple development and yields are expected to be down. Fresh market demand and lower yields have caused an increase in Costa Rican frozen pineapple prices.


Sweet corn harvesting reached its peak with enough raw material supply for the canned industry, although canners are still trying to catch up on delayed shipments due to the flooding and lack of supply last season. Growers received higher prices for raw material: the highest in the last 6 years based on demand and having the possibility to grow for the more profitable animal feed industry.

Ongoing lack of rain and dry weather has affected the Thai pineapple season with low output.  Crop estimates for canned Thai pineapple are at record lows. The El Nino effect has reduced yields with small fruit size. Summer crop is finished, and winter crop has now commenced.  Final numbers will support that this past year the harvest is down by about 41% which some consider the lowest volume produced in the last 15 years.   Projections for 2024 seem to be similar due to the overall demand slowdown globally of canned pineapple.  


Strawberry season has commenced and although expectations were for a good season, there has been some slowdown in the development of the crop along with higher production costs resulting in higher prices for Grade A uncalibrated strawberries.  

Egypt has become the largest grower and producer of strawberries worldwide.


The North-western European Potato Growers (NEPG) have reported an initial estimate on potato acreage increase by 2 – 3%. However, a difficult growing season and a very large demand for potato products could raise prices even more.

Rain delayed potato plantings in all Western European countries this past spring 2023. Weather challenges including a dry spell resulted in uneven yields. Seed, soil, and climate conditions have all had an impact on the emergence and development of the potato crop.

More recently abundant rainfall in Northwestern Europe during October/November hindered the potato season bringing harvesting to a stop. There is also concern of potato rot and low quality. European Potato prices have been increasing.

Based on information from the North European Potato Growers Organization (NEPG) approximately 22.7 million metric tons of potatoes were harvested in the 2023 season.   This was an increase compared to the 2022 season by about 5%.

The European potato industry is worried as 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 and the overall demand for European potatoes.

This causes potato manufacturers to question whether there will be enough raw material product in future to run their factories at capacity.

Spain:  The drought in Spain has led to a 50% cut in water allocation for irrigation.   This is causing uncertainty in Spain’s Huelva’s berry sector.  In the meantime, Europe has been importing more strawberries from Egypt due to the limited Spanish supply.


Reported by S&P Global, Japan increased imports of frozen sweet corn from China by 54% while Japan decreased its imports from the U.S., its largest supplier, by 36%. Thailand also enjoyed an increase into the Japanese market on frozen sweet corn by about 14% compared to last season.

Japan imported 139 million pounds of French Fries from North America during fourth quarter.  This was 11 million lbs. less compared to 2022 and the smallest volume since 2015.

India:   Frozen vegetable exports have risen by 45% over the past year.  Frozen sweet corn has topped the list, with the majority of volume going to the U.A.E followed by Russia, the U.S. and Europe.


China’s exports of canned corn are up over this past year with the largest volume recorded to date at approximately 74,000 m/t. With a strong demand in Europe and Hungary’s lower production volumes last season, China was able to increase their exports to Europe. 

Water chestnut season has commenced with optimal quality now being processed.  At this moment prices are expected to remain steady.

Sugar snap season expected to commence in China in late April/May.   Temperatures have been very cold with snow still on the ground.  This has resulted in stopping the growth of the plants.  Prices are expected to be announced next month.





















































S&P Globalによると、日本では、中国からの冷凍スイートコーンの輸入が54%増となった一方、最大の供給国である米国からの輸入は36%減となりました。タイも日本への冷凍スイートコーンの輸出を増やしていて、昨シーズンと比べて約14%増となっています。







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