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UPDATE: Mixed Berries

August 27, 2015

Raspberry supplies are limited; prices are elevated. Expect active mixed berry markets over the next two months as crops begin transitioning south to fall growing regions. Availability may become sporadic.



  • California and North/South Carolina are the primary growing regions for blackberries
    • These seasons are past their peaks
    • The majority of California supplies are from the Salinas/Watsonville growing region
  • Stocks are ample
  • Quality is very good
  • The crop is winding down and will begin transitioning from California to Mexico through the month of September
    • Expect adequate Mexican volume by October
    • Prices are expected to increase through the transition period, then ease when new crop supplies reach sufficient levels


  • The Pacific Northwest and Michigan are the primary growing regions
  • The British Columbia, Oregon, and Washington seasons will wind down over the next few weeks
    • Supplies are adequate
    • Prices are steady
  • Michigan stocks are expected to remain on the market through September
    • Stocks are ample
    • The market is steady, but expected to climb through the rest of the season
  • California growers will begin using controlled-atmosphere storage rooms to ensure sufficient supplies while crops switch from domestic to imported berries
    • Fruit will be held for two to three weeks maximum in controlled-atmosphere storage
    • Quality issues such as softness and shriveling may develop due to age
    • Larger pack sizes will be limited; 6 and 4.4-ounce clamshells will dominate the market
  • Expect elevated prices and sporadic supplies by late September/early October
    • Fruit from Peru and Uruguay will arrive in early September
    • Supplies from Argentina and Mexico will become available in late September/early October
    • Chilean fruit will arrive early November


  • The market is very active; demand exceeds supply
  • Salinas/Watsonville is the primary growing region followed by Oxnard, California
    • Retail advertisements over the past few weeks have led to tighter supplies
    • Oxnard volume is down, increasing demand for Salinas/Watsonville fruit
    • Hot, humid weather this past month has resulted in lower yields
  • Expect elevated prices until supplies increase over the next several weeks
  • Quality is good
  • The Salinas/Watsonville season is expected to continue through October
    • The Oxnard fall crop will ramp up through September and reach adequate volume by October
    • Mexican supplies will begin crossing into the U.S. late September/early October


Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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