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UPDATE: Mixed Berries

September 21, 2016

Blueberry prices are elevated; supplies are extremely limited. Growers are transitioning to new growing regions; availability will be sporadic. Expect active mixed berry markets for the next several weeks.



  • California is the primary growing region
    • The majority of supplies are currently being grown in the Salinas/Watsonville area
    • The season is past its peak; quality issues include leaking, red cell, and softness
    • Availability is limited; stocks will decrease week after week
  • The Mexican season has begun; supplies are ramping up quickly
    • Prices are elevated
    • Product is available for loading in South Texas with a few stocks being transferred to the East and West Coasts
    • New crop quality is good
    • Availability is sufficient; supplies are increasing


  • The seasons in Michigan and the Pacific Northwest are winding down
    • Supplies are extremely tight
    • Prices are elevated; demand exceeds supply
    • Quality issues such as decay, shriveling, and softness are common at this time of year
  • The import season is underway
    • Air shipments from South America are sporadically arriving on the East and West Coasts
      • Prices are high
      • The season is off to a slow start due to cold temperatures in Argentina
      • Availability is limited, but will ramp up by mid-October as growers harvest in Chile and Peru also
      • Quality is very good
    • Limited quantities of Mexican blueberries have begun crossing into the U.S.
      • Prices are elevated
      • Availability of new crop fruit is extremely limited
      • Supplies will ramp up over the next several weeks with promotable volume expected by November
      • Quality is good


  • California is the primary growing region
    • Prices are up
    • Volume is low and will further taper off by mid to late-October
    • Availability is tight due to strong demand
  • Limited supplies of Mexican raspberries have begun crossing into the U.S.
    • The market is comparable to California prices
    • Supplies are limited as the season gets started
    • Quality is good

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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