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UPDATE: Lemons

July 24, 2018

Lemon prices are rising. Lemon supplies are limited and will continue to tighten over the next seven to ten weeks. Domestic California coastal volume has dropped significantly due to sustained higher-than-normal temperatures. 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
  • Major suppliers in the California coastal region, have 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 as well as bringing possible long term effects for next 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
      • Palletization is subject to change
    • Sporadic supplies of fancy 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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