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UPDATE: Bell Peppers

May 17, 2018

Green bell pepper prices remain elevated; supplies are extremely tight. Expect high markets for one to two more weeks. Red bell pepper prices are lower; West Coast supplies are sufficient.

West Coast

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Green and Red Bell Peppers are limited; packer label supplies are being substituted as needed
  • The season in mainland Mexico is winding down
    • Green bell shipments (crossing into Nogales, Arizona and South Texas) will slow way down after this week
    • Red bell supplies (into Nogales) will remain available for two or three more weeks
    • Red and yellow supplies from Baja, Mexico are available for loading in San Diego, California
  • California production continues to ramp up
  • Green bells are limited due to extremely strong demand; size is dominated by extra-large and large sizes
  • Red bell production is off to a good start in the desert region; supplies are adequate
  • Many growers are harvesting red bells early while they are still green and selling them as green bell peppers to help meet demand
  • Green bell prices have peaked and will begin to ease in one to two weeks when supplies increase on the East Coast

East Coast

  • MFC and ESS Green Bell Peppers are limited; packer label supplies are being substituted as needed
  • The Southern Florida season ended this week due to significant rainfall
  • East Coast bell pepper production has moved to Northern Florida and will be transitioning to Georgia over the next two weeks
    • Georgia production is behind 7 to 10 days due to rain and cool weather earlier this year
    • Growers expect to begin harvesting in a limited manner on May 24 or 25
  • The green bell market has peaked; supplies are extremely limited
  • Prices will ease the week of May 28 once Georgia production increases

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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