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UPDATE SUMMARY: Week of August 3, 2015

August 10, 2015


Warm, humid weather has weakened raw cilantro quality and reduced yields in Mexico and the U.S. Expect elevated prices and tight supplies for the next 7 to 10 days. Lower yields and strong demand will increase broccoli, iceberg, romaine, and romaine heart prices. Iceberg growers are ahead of scheduled production; supplies will be limited through early next week. Growers are heavily culling strawberry fields due to poor quality fruit in the Salinas/Watsonville, California growing region. New crop Santa Maria volume levels are expected to increase by the week of August 17.



  • Prices are rising
  • Supplies are tightening in Central Mexico
  • Peruvian stocks remain limited due to cold winter weather
  • Quality is good, however Markon First Crop (MFC) Asparagus is not available at this time
  • Expect an elevated market through August


Bell Peppers

  • Green bell pepper supplies have increased on both coasts
    • Prices are lower
    • West Coast quality is excellent
  • Expect elevated red and yellow bell pepper prices for the next 10 to 14 days (until West Coast production increases)
    • Stocks are limited
    • Expect some scarring on East Coast supplies



  • Cilantro remains in short supply due to heat-related quality issues
  • Prices are elevated as demand exceeds supply throughout the industry
  • Ready-Set-Serve Washed & Trimmed Cilantro is sporadic; packer label will be substituted as needed
  • Bacterial leaf spotting, mildew, seeder, small size, tip burn, and yellowing are problems reducing shelf-life
  • Expect limited supplies and active markets for the next 10 to 14 days



  • Demand is moderate, keeping prices steady to slightly lower
  • MFC Onions are available in California, New Mexico, and Washington
  • The season for MFC Onions from California and New Mexico will end the week of August 24
  • MFC Onions will be shipped from Utah the week of September 7


Salinas Valley Markets

  • MFC Premium Iceberg is limited; Markon Best Available (MBA) will be substituted as needed
    • Iceberg supplies will be limited through early next week
    • Pounds per acre have dropped due to heat-related quality issues, including inconsistent/dense texture, insect pressure, mildew, and seeder
    • Prices are escalating due to increased school demand
  • MFC Premium Romaine is available; MFC Premium Romaine Hearts are available
    • Reduced regional supplies and strong demand will push up romaine and romaine heart prices
    • Increased seeder issues are lowering yields
    • Fringe burn, insect pressure, internal burn, and mildew are sporadic problems
  • Broccoli supplies are tight
    • Increased school demand and lower regional production will keep markets elevated
    • Overall quality is diminishing: branching, brown/purple bead, and hollow core are problems



  • Prices continue to rise; demand exceeds supply
  • Harvesting crews are heavily culling fields due to poor quality; bruising, light decay, mildew, over-ripeness, and soft texture are issues
  • MFC Strawberries are not available; MBA is being substituted
  • Expect prices to remain elevated through the end of the Salinas/Watsonville season
  • New crop Santa Maria supplies will increase to adequate levels by the week of August 17


Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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