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How to Read a Report
- Type of Reports
- Shipping Point Report vs Terminal Report
- Common Types of Sales
- Price Trend
- Qualifying Terms
- Terminal Report Details
- Terminal Report Availability
- Shipping Point Report Details
- Movement Report Details
- Retail Report Details
- Report Abbreviations
- State and Country Abbreviations
- Container Net Weights
Terminal Report Details
The following information is included in a terminal or wholesale market report. When a column is blank, the information for that particular detail does not apply to the price record; select the “Hide Empty Columns” checkbox to hide all empty report columns if you’d like.
Terminal (Wholesale) Market
Location where the product is sold. Example: BOSTON. For a description of a terminal market, please see “Shipping Point report vs Terminal Market report” in the help section.
The name of the product reported by Market News. Example: APPLES
The price trend (or market tone) of the product or commodity that indicates a comparison with conditions and prices which prevailed on the previous day — see the “Price (Market) Trend” in the help section. Example: MARKET SLIGHTLY HIGHER.
The volume voluntarily made available for sale. Terms used are similar to supply terms. Example: OFFERINGS LIGHT
Additional factors affecting the sale of a commodity.
Terminal (Wholesale) Market
Location where the product is sold. Example: BOSTON.
Container or package in which the product is sold. Example: Cartons Tray Pack
The name of the variety pertaining to the commodity. For example, on apples the variety might be Red Delicious. Sometimes a variety has additional details and this is shown as a sub variety. Example for tomatoes: Variety: VINE RIPE - HEIRLOOM VARIETIES, Sub Variety: CHEROKEE PURPL
The grade that applies to the product. Generally this is a U.S. or State grade. Example for Washington apples: WA ExFcy – Washington Extra Fancy
Refers to product that has been grown organically, according to the Organic Foods Production Act (OFPA) of 1990. For more information on the organic program please check: National Organic Program. It is considered 'conventional' if it is not shown as 'organic'.
Date of Report
Primary price range showing low price and high price.
Mostly Low-High Price
Price range where most of the sales were made, showing both the mostly low and the mostly high price within the overall range.
State or Country from which the product originated (example: Washington for a state, Mexico for a country)
The district within the state or country from which the product originated. Sometimes the district is spans several states, as in “New England” or “Klamath Basin”.
The size of the items within the container (or unit). For example apples in cartons tray pack may have 88 apples or 100 apples in the same size container, and they would be listed as 88s and 100s respectively. 88s designate a larger apple than 100s. Examples of other sizes are “large” or “small” as in the case of bell peppers, “standard”, an industry determined size for asparagus, and 10-oz minimum or Size A for potatoes.
These values signify the environment conditions under which a commodity is grown. Environment types are generally Greenhouse or Open Field (or Field Grown). For Mexico the terms for environment for various tomato types include Controlled Environment, Adapted Environment and Open Field, based on terms used in the Suspension Agreement. Older data in Market News also used Greenhouse Hydroponic and Greenhouse Including Hydroponic.
The specific color for a particular commodity or variety.
Unit of Sale
The unit at which the product is sold. Examples include “per pound” and “per melon”.
Physical properties of a product -- see “Quality” in the help section.
Stage of maturity and other factors affecting a product -- see “Condition” in the help section.
Storage or other external factors affecting the product. Examples are “Controlled Atmosphere Storage,” “Regular Storage,” and “Unwashed”.
Refers to external condition of a product, such as color or texture — see “Appearance” in the help section.
This field is generally only used when there are changes in the season or when there is a price difference between crops of two seasons. Values used in this column are “Old” crop and “New” crop.
The transportation mode at which the product arrived on the market. Examples are “Truck”, “Air”, “Boat”, “Rail”, “Piggyback”, and “Import”.
Signifies that the product was repacked, either local repacked, repacked enroute, or a combination of both. If the column is blank, the item has not been repacked.
Additional factors specifically affecting the price, description, or sale of a commodity in a record.