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UPDATE: Strawberry Supplies

December 04, 2019
Winter storms continue to hit California’s main strawberry growing regions. Volume decreased drastically yesterday and will remain extremely limited through the weekend. Weather-related quality issues include decay, bruising, and mold which are reducing shelf-life significantly. New crop harvesting has started in a limited way in Florida and Mexico, but yields are not expected to rise until mid-December. 
  • California quality and supply levels have been heavily affected by wet weather
    • Santa Maria and Lompoc stocks are virtually non-existent
    • Harvesting will be limited all week
    • Oxnard volume is not expected to recover until mid- to late December
  • New crop Mexican stocks are available for loading in South Texas and Yuma, Arizona
    • Volume is low, but will increase as the weather improves; prices are high
    • Fruit is small due to inclement weather 
  • New crop Florida berries have begun shipping in a limited way
    • Expect tight supplies for the next two weeks only 
    • Markon First Crop Strawberries in one- and two-pound clamshells will be available in mid- to late December
  • Pricing remains elevated; stocks are tight
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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