Tight cilantro supplies persist in the main growing regions of Baja, Mexico as well as Oxnard and Salinas, California due to the extreme hot, humid weather on the West Coast. The iced cilantro carton market continues to rise; yields are down and quality is fair to poor. Ready-Set-Serve Washed & Trimmed Cilantro is sporadic; packer label will be substituted as needed.
- High temperatures are weakening cell structure; plants are growing too fast to develop the strong cell walls necessary for longer shelf-life
- Warm temperatures and high humidity in Baja, Mexico are expected to persist for the next 10 days
- Temperatures in the high 70s to the mid-80s are expected in California for the next several days, but more humid, muggy weather will return on Friday, July 31
- Demand is shifting to Baja, Mexico and California due to the food safety concerns centered around the growing region of Puebla, Mexico (into South Texas)
- Bacterial leaf spotting, tip burn, seeder, mildew, pre-mature yellowing, and small size are problems reducing shelf-life
- Expect limited supplies and active markets for the next 10 to 14 days
- Maintaining the cold chain is critical; ordering for quick turns is recommended
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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