News and Stories


August 06, 2020

Bell Peppers

  • California production is transitioning from the San Joaquin Valley to other regions such as Stockton, Hollister, and Oxnard, California
  • Pricing remains lower on the East Coast; supplies are ramping up out of Canada and Michigan
  • Expect slightly higher markets heading into next week, followed by stable prices by the end of that week
  • Red bell prices remain steady; overall supplies are sufficient


  • Baja, Mexico is the primary growing region for West Coast cucumbers at this time of year
    • Cool weather has slowed production
    • Many suppliers are experiencing a partial harvesting gap; growers will increase production in two to three weeks
    • West Coast demand will shift to the East Coast, pushing prices up
  • Michigan is the primary growing region for East Coast cucumbers
    • Supplies are adequate
    • Quality is average for this time of year; domestic shelf-life is typically shorter than that for Mexican product (order for quick turns)
  • Expect limited stocks and rising prices for the next two to three weeks

Iceberg and Romaine

  • Foodservice demand for iceberg and romaine is inconsistent, but growing overall compared to past weeks
  • Iceberg quality is excellent: field weights and yields are increasing
  • Romaine quality is strong: occasional fringe and internal burn is present in some lots
  • The effects of Tropical Storm Isaias is expected to impact East Coast stocks, shifting more demand to the West Coast
  • Barring any significant COVID developments, expect elevated romaine markets and softer iceberg prices over the next two to three weeks

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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