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Overall markets have remained relatively steady across most commodities, even with the increased demand from schools returning. However, we may see markets increase due to Tropical Storm Hillary. We are tracking the storm that is likely to become a hurricane off the west coast of Mexico and is certain to impact summer vegetable production on the Baja Peninsula, and possibly some parts of California. We will be monitoring this over the next five days. Out of the Salinas Valley, supplies remain steady across most commodities.



The U.S. growing region experienced some good rainfall and a little amount of cooling, which caused the market to go somewhat lower. Meal and soybeans dropped in price. Together with lower European seed, canola seed moved lower. Together with reduced soybean and palm oil, canola oil fell. With balanced demand and supply, palm was lower.



Markets for shell eggs are largely stable, but some softness persists in California markets. Markets for cheese are up this week but may remain stable for the following week. Butter markets are stable, and prices for cultured products will either be flat or slightly higher depending on the categories below.



The market has been helped by decreased livestock inventories and lower harvest levels. Packers are in a good position with their inventories and have a positive tone. Ribs and tenders have become firmer. The market for strips is still weak, and there is a large supply. Multiple channels of interest are supporting consistent to stronger tones on end cuts. Grinds maintain their consistent tonality.



It’s possible that butts have finished falling and may now briefly trade sideways until the days leading up to Labor Day. Retailers are becoming more interested in loins. Despite a minor fall, stomachs were still able to rise. Although demand for ribs is likely to increase over the next weeks, prices are still reasonably stable.



The south’s hot weather has continued to have an impact on the declining supply of birds. Breast markets have improved as supply has become more limited, particularly in jumbo. Tenders are still in short supply and in high demand. Most whole birds are even. All sizes of wings are in high demand and in short supply. Due to strong demand, dark meat is stable.



The season for snow crabs was extended to the end of August. Overseas, tilapia replacement costs are rising. Although there is a large supply of imported shrimp, demand is increasing. The market for lobster tails is expanding. Lobster landings in Canada are declining year over year and there is a shortage of larger sizes.

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