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December 15, 2023

The Arizona/California desert growing region has experienced low temperatures and high humidity in the wake of a minor rain event last month, creating conditions that have been favorable for downy mildew to develop in some broccoli supplies. Harvesting and processing crews are working to detect and cull affected product, but it can’t be avoided completely.

Systemic infection has occurred, in which spores are spread from the roots up through the vascular tissue, leaving dark discoloration and streaks that can cause shortened shelf-life.

Our supplier is allocating their best raw product for Markon orders and Markon inspectors are monitoring raw and finished product supplies closely. We are in the process of evaluating upcoming lots to determine how long we might expect to see this issue, but according to preliminary estimates, we may see varying levels for two to three weeks.

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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