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UPDATE: California Oranges

May 12, 2016

Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Oranges are sporadic; packer label is being substituted as needed. Supplies of 113- and 138-count oranges remain extremely limited; prices continue to rise. Late-season Navel oranges are dominated by 72-count and larger sizes. New crop Valencia harvesting will not ramp up until late May/early June. A limited supply of MFC and ESS Valencia Oranges will be available Monday, May 16. MFC and ESS Navel Oranges will continue shipping through May.



  • California late-season Navel oranges are expected to remain on the market through mid-June
  • Large sizes dominate the late-season crop; 113-count and smaller sizes are scarce
  • Quality issues such as pressure pack, softness, and shortened shelf-life are concerns
  • Flavor is sweet; sugar levels are higher than those for new crop Valencia fruit, ranging from 12 to 13 Brix
  • Prices continue to rise for 113- and 138-count stocks; some suppliers have begun shipping Valencias in these sizes due to such strong demand
  • Prices for 72-count and larger fruit remain steady at low levels


  • A few suppliers are currently harvesting new crop Valencia oranges; overall supplies remain tight
  • Limited quantities of MFC and ESS Valencia Oranges will begin shipping Monday, May 16
  • The crop is dominated by 72-, 88-, and 113-count sizes at the start of the season
  • Quality is excellent
    • Texture is firm (stronger than late-season Navels)
    • Color is full and does not require gassing at this time; re-greening is not a concern at the beginning of the season
    • Flavor is fairly-sweet with brix ranging from 9-11
  • Supplies will increase over the next several weeks, reaching adequate levels by late May/early June; the season typically runs through October
  • Prices are comparable to the Navel market and will continue rising as the season progresses

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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