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UPDATE: Iceberg Lettuce

July 28, 2016

Expect higher prices next week. Production levels are forecast at average levels, but demand is strong and quality problems are lowering yields.

  • Markon First Crop Premium Iceberg Lettuce is sporadic due to low carton weights; Markon Best Available is being substituted as needed
  • This week’s hot weather has aided growth, but production remains at/or below projections
  • Harvesting crews are culling product due to inconsistent size and shape
  • Quality issues such as growth cracking, insect pressure, light mildew, and wind damage are reducing volume
  • Processor demand is becoming stronger as schools go back into session
  • Production is decreasing from regional sources due to seasonal declines and inclement weather, adding to West Coast demand
  • Many heads have light ash present on outer leaves from the Soberanes Wildfire burning north of Big Sur near the Salinas Valley growing region; ash deposited by wildfires is non-toxic and not considered a food safety hazard
  • Expect limited stocks and active prices for several weeks

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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