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UPDATE: Strawberries

February 22, 2016


Prices are low in Florida and Mexico; quality is fair. The Mexican season is winding down. Markon recommends loading quality berries out of California.


Southern California

  • A limited supply of Markon First Crop (MFC) Strawberries are available; Markon Best Available (MBA) is being substituted as needed
  • Quality is good despite last week’s light showers
    • Texture is firm
    • Sizes range from medium to large; counts average 13 to 22 berries per 1-pound clamshell
    • Two- and four-pound clamshells are available also
  • Ideal weather for the next 10 days will increase supplies; no rain is forecast
  • Prices are expected to remain steady this week

Mexico (into South Texas)

  • MFC and MBA Strawberries are not available; packer label 8/1-pound supplies will be substituted
  • Quality is fair: bruising and small size are minor issues
    • Texture is fairly-firm
    • Warm temperatures have decreased size; counts average 22 to 28 berries per 1-pound clamshell
    • Only one-pound clamshells are on the market
  • The season is winding down; many suppliers will finish their harvest by this weekend
  • Prices will remain low


  • Quality is fair: bruising and decay are problems
    • Texture is fairly-firm
    • Size is medium to medium-plus; counts average 15 to 22 berries per 1-pound clamshell
    • One- and two-pound clamshells are available
  • The season is expected to continue through Easter Sunday, March 27
  • Rain and thunderstorms on Wednesday, February 24 may further impact quality
    • Prices are expected to remain low
    • Stocks are abundant

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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