News and Stories


February 27, 2020
  • Mexican stocks are dominated by 60-count and smaller fruit
  • Ripening is currently taking:
    • Three to four days for Mexican fruit
    • Four to five days for California stocks 
  • California supplies remain limited; the season is still ramping up
  • Higher-than-normal temperatures are forecast in the growing regions of Culiacan, Sinaloa through this weekend, which will aid growth and increase yields
  • Quality is below average; better quality cucumbers are commanding higher prices
  • Prices are expected to inch down at the end of next week
  • Overall volume crossing into the U.S. is lower than normal
  • The small size market is more active; 200-, 230-, 250-count fruit are the primary sizes used in foodservice 
  • Larger sizes (100- and 150-count limes) are more readily available
West Coast
  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Yellow Squash and Zucchini from Mexico (into Nogales, Arizona) are limited; packer label is being substituted as needed
  • Yellow squash volume is extremely low, while zucchini stocks are a bit more readily available 
  • New crop production will start in Hermosillo and Guaymas, Sonora in early March
  • Expect elevated markets for the next 7 to 10 days 
East Coast
  • MFC Yellow Squash and Zucchini from Florida are tight; packer label is being substituted as needed
  • Stronger demand due to low Mexican volume is increasing prices in Florida, especially those for yellow squash
  • Markets will continue to rise as Florida is expecting rainy, cold weather over the next few days, which will slow growth and harvesting
  • Pricing will remain elevated for one to two weeks
  • Florida will experience rain and cooler-than-normal temperatures through Sunday
  • Yields will remain low due to delayed production through next week  
  • Florida prices are holding firm  
  • Sinaloa, Mexico’s forecast calls for continued warm weather 
  • Cherry, grape, Roma, and round tomato volume is slowly rising; prices have started to ease
  • Availability is increasing out of Nogales, Arizona and McAllen, Texas this week
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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