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UPDATE: Iceberg Lettuce Market

May 27, 2016



The iceberg lettuce market will climb next week. Abnormally cool spring temperatures are resulting in slower growth, lower carton weights, and smaller yields; processor and carton demand is strong. Salinas Valley temperatures have been 5-10 degrees cooler than average for this time of the year, however, higher temperatures in the low to mid-70s are forecast for the next 10-14 days. 


  • Markon First Crop Premium Iceberg is sporadic due to inconsistent weights; Markon Best Available will be substituted as needed
  • Carton weights for liner lettuce ranges from the high 30s to low 40s
  • Overall quality is very good, but harvesting crews will sort for wind damage and occasional mildew
  • Some small size and puffy heads are being caused by cooler temperatures
  • Despite warmer weather in the forecast, prices will remain elevated next week


 Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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