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Market Report July 29th 2020

Ripe bananas

Fresh market update: Wednesday 29th - Tuesday 4th of August 2020

COVID-19 Update

Just an update with recent events these past few weeks, everything at JL King & Co is business as usual.

The border closures across the country is not affecting the Melbourne fruit and vegetable market or any produce that is coming from the states attached to these closures. We are also still able to deliver to our customers across the border in New South Wales.

Produce Update

This week we will update you on produce price, great value produce and new season fruits and vegetables.


This week signals a changeover in Mandarin variety supply for JL King & Co. We have finished up Imperial Mandarins, which will now be replaced with the Afourer Mandarin variety.

The Afourer Mandarin is a deeper rich red/orange colour and is very sweet and refreshing in flavour. They are easy to peel, and the segments of the fruit separate easily. We expect this line of produce to run until the start of October.


This week we have seen our first pick of local season Asparagus hit the market. Produce will come at a slightly higher price point than the Mexican product we have previously been supplying as this will mark the first crops of the season. We will swap over to local product when price, quality and volume has improved in the coming weeks.


With the local season of Green Grapes finishing up last month, we now can only supply LOOSE Crimson Grapes. This will continue until the USA origin fruit becomes available. When their season begins prices will be high as they work to meet supply and demand along with the cost of air freight. We expect their season to start around the middle of August


This week we have also seen the first trays of Northern Territory KENNINGSTON PRIDE mangoes hit the market. As with most first picks, prices are quite high and produce is unripe, so we will wait until more supply hits the market before buying.

Banana Update!

Why are my Bananas a little dull in colour?

Dull or grey colour in fruit is a direct result of cold temperatures on farms in growing regions. These cold temperatures reduce the sap flow in the fruit, which results loss of vibrancy in fruit. This is referred to as "under peel chill".

How long will this last?

Bananas hang in the plantation for some time prior to being harvested; upwards of 16 weeks. Therefore, when an issue occurs in the field it can be a considerable amount of time before we see the last of it being picked on the farm. Given the cold weather is still impacting growing regions, we will expect to see this issue for the foreseeable future.

Weekly Specials

Available until Tuesday, August 4th 2020.

Produce Price



Jap Pumpkin


Pink Lady Apples


Watermelon Seedless


Online ordering now available. Whilst every care is taken in the preparation of this report, prices and supply can change due to market fluctuations and availability.