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UPDATE: Lemons

August 09, 2018

Lemon prices remain elevated; supplies are limited. Substituting sizes, grades, and country of origin will aid in order coverage; lead-time is highly encouraged.

  • Markon First Crop and Markon Essentials Lemons are limited; packer label is being substituted as needed
  • 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
    • Many ripe lemons and blooms for next season have dropped from the trees
    • Shelf-life is shorter than normal due to extremely hot growing conditions during the summer months 
  • Major suppliers in the California coastal region have declared a “Force Majeure” (Act of God) on current 2018 contracts
  • Limited quantities of Chilean and Argentine lemons are available; palletization is subject to change
  • Sporadic supplies of fancy grade, Mexican-grown lemons are available (into California and South Texas); rain has delayed some Mexican harvests, resulting in fewer crossings
  • Stocks are expected to remain extremely limited through September, when the Arizona/California desert season begins

Please contact your customer service representative for more information.

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