Cilantro supplies remain limited throughout California and Baja, Mexico.
- Ready-Set-Serve Washed & Trimmed Cilantro is sporadic; packer label will be substituted as needed
- Elevated prices and strong demand have caused growers to harvest fields earlier than scheduled, straining current supplies and shrinking yields in upcoming lots
- Persistent high temperatures in all growing regions have delayed new growth and sustained quality issues such as tip burn and yellowing
- The USDA continues to ban shipments of any cilantro being grown in the region of Pueblo, Mexico due to the food safety outbreak several weeks ago
- The ban on cilantro from Pueblo will be enforced through August
- The USDA will determine if the ban will continue into September no later than August 31
- Once this ban is lifted, we expect prices to ease as Mexican supplies become available in U.S. markets at competitive prices
- Expect low volume and high prices through the next two weeks
- 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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