October 26, 2017

Straight Talk: Weeks 43, 44, 45


Supply Forecast: October 22nd – November 11th 

It’s officially TRANSITION! Our iceberg lettuce harvest has already made the move to Huron and will soon be followed by the remaining leafy items. Oxnard celery kicks off next week, and first Yuma harvest on broccoli, cauliflower, and organic romaine hearts will launch the second week of November.

Unusual weather patterns have been the theme of the Salinas season. Temperatures have again exceeded 100 degrees this week, further degrading confidence in remaining Salinas production. In a normal year, the final harvest of the Summer Salinas Season is typically the most susceptible to yield loss and quality concerns. Unusual weather fluctuations have magnified this impact. Adding to the uncertainty of supplies is the fact that the beginning of the Yuma season has been affected by previous rain. Tanimura and Antle’s investment in land and water in Huron has once again helped smooth out any supply gaps that may occur. Shippers that avoid a Huron transition only increase the risk of supply interruptions. Rolling supply fluctuations may be the norm through December.

Overall, markets have remained strong, but increasing volatility has reared its head, specifically on iceberg lettuce. Over the past week, pricing has quickly retreated from the historic highs of the previous 2 weeks. The heat has pulled production forward, creating a temporary production increase. Previously higher price levels have translated to increases in retails and reduced demand. Retail price adjustment are typically slower to react to market declines, translating into weaker demand despite reduced market pricing. Expect a firming in the market as the Salinas season comes to an end.

Navigating the effects of the most recent heat wave will bring uncertainty to the market conditions through Thanksgiving. Increased demand associated with the Thanksgiving pull should stabilize volatile markets and in most cases strengthen them.

Did You Know?

Tanimura & Antle uses a natural selection process to breed superior varieties of seed.

Tanimura and Antle grows high quality vegetables using seed that is produced using traditional breeding and natural selection processes. In the normal selection process, plants are improved using process of elimination to identify desirable traits. This plant breeding process is also known as hybridization. The aim of hybridization is to bring together desired traits found in different plant lines of same plant species family. This is normally done by using self-pollinated plants when pollen from male flowers pollinates female flowers. Most of the seeds for Tanimura & Antle vegetables are developed by its subsidiary know as 3 Star Lettuce.

Our Community of People:

Meet Dr. Gurmail Mudahar

For the past 21 years, Gurmail has been in charge of the Tanimura & Antle Food Safety, R&D and QA. In addition, he was also the first GM of our Tennessee Hydroponic for 4 years from inception.

Gurmail’s technical qualifications are extraordinary. He has a Bachelors, a Masters and a Ph.D in Food Science, Technology and Agriculture. He is on the Board of the LGMA and serves as a technical advisor, specialist and committee member on many industry organizations including the PMA, GSA, UC Davis CPS, United and the FDA. He is also well known for his awards, publications, research, process design, models and development.

And, of profound importance to Tanimura & Antle, he is very successful in training, talent development and team building. He may be one very amazing individual but he succeeds through the efforts of our entire employee owner family.