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USDA National Retail Report - Specialty Crops

Avocados and dip-friendly veggies like celery, carrots, cauliflower did well in the US

US retailers were ready for the party this week, with specials on everything football fans needed to celebrate the Super Bowl.

Everyone's favorite, avocados, had over 20,000 ads this week. Other veggies held their own, especially dip-friendly veggies like celery, carrots, cauliflower, cucumbers and colored bell peppers.

Jalapenos, Roma tomatoes, red onions, and cilantro were highly featured. Not to be left on the bench, strawberries, limes, lemons, tangerines, mangos, and grapes had a big part to play in this weeks ads.

Total ad numbers this week were 329,359, a 4% increase from last weeks 316,073. The total number of ads broken out by commodity groups: fruit 182,377 (55% of all ads), onions and potatoes 31,382 (10%), vegetables 110,861 (34%), herbs 3,961 and ornamentals 778.

The number of ads for organic produce was 47,329, 14% of total ads.
The following are the prices of major advertised items (3,000 plus stores) this week, compared to the same week last year. There were no significant increases in fruit prices this week.

Significant decreases included Honeycrisp apples at 25%, 18 oz blueberries at 23%, Gala apples at 13%, and raspberries at 11%. Significant increases for onions and potatoes included a 73% increase for 2 lb red onions.

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