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UPDATE: Lemons

July 17, 2018

Prices are rising. Lemon supplies are limited and will continue to tighten over the next five to seven weeks. Domestic California coastal volume has dropped significantly due to higher-than-normal temperatures. Offshore fruit availability is limited due to strong Pacific Rim demand. Substituting sizes, grades, and country of origin will aid in order coverage.

  • Markon First Crop and Markon Essentials Lemons are limited; packer label is being substituted as needed
  • Sunkist, a major supplier in the California coastal region, has declared a “Force Majeure” (Act of God) on current 2018 contracts
  • High temperatures in California’s coastal growing region have affected quality, shortening the season
    • Ripe lemons and blooms for next season have dropped from the trees
    • Shelf-life is shorter due to abnormally hot growing conditions during the summer months  
    • Order lead-time is highly encouraged
  • Prices will continue to climb each week for the next five to seven weeks
    • Limited quantities of Chilean and Argentine lemons are available
      • Prices are higher
      • Palletization is subject to change
    • Sporadic supplies of standard grade Mexican-grown lemons are available in South Texas; supplies will ramp up in early to mid-August

Please contact your customer service representative for more information.

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