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FROM THE FIELDS: RSS Chopped Romaine Quality

July 11, 2019

Romaine and other lettuce supplies are very tight in California’s Salinas Valley. Value-added processors are harvesting fields that are at less than ideal maturity in order to meet demand. The current summer romaine varieties are darker in color and have leaf texture that is more susceptible to bruising during processing when harvested at a younger stage. Finished packs are exhibiting elevated bruising and in some cases, reduced shelf life potential.

This issue is expected to continue off and on through early next week or possibly longer. Markon’s supplier will work to remove as much dark leaf material as possible to minimize bruising.

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Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.                                                 

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