News and Stories

UPDATE SUMMARY: Week of February 9, 2015

February 13, 2015

Green leaf and romaine prices have dropped below first-tier trigger levels and are expected to ease for the next 10 to 14 days. Lime production out of Mexico has decreased, causing prices to rise and supplies to tighten. Recent rainfall in the Oxnard, California growing region has reduced strawberry supplies and may lead to quality issues over the next several days. West Coast ports continue to experience delays due to stalled contract negotiations; employees are working over 50% fewer hours than normal.



Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine

 Warm temperatures are aiding growth and increasing yields

 Markon First Crop (MFC) Premium Iceberg Lettuce is not available due to light weights; Markon Best Available (MBA) is being substituted

 MFC Green Leaf and Romaine are available

 Prices will ease for the next 10 to 14 days until growers near the end of the Arizona/California desert season




 Production out of Veracruz, Mexico has decreased; expect tight supplies

 Retail demand will increase as spring holidays approach

 Dry conditions have improved lime quality, including dark green color and refreshing flavor

 Expect the market to climb and supplies to tighten until the spring harvest in April



Ready-Set-Serve (RSS) Green Leaf and Romaine

 Warm temperatures in the desert growing region are promoting growth and increasing yields

 Frost-related defects such as epidermal blistering and peeling are minimal




RSS Tender Leaf Quality

 Supplies are adequate; warm weather has accelerated growth, but also promoted quality issues

 The market will remain steady

 RSS Arugula, Cilantro, Hearts & Hearts Blend, Spinach, and Spring Mix are currently available, but may become limited; packer label may be substituted in the coming days

 Expect a decrease in supply by the end of next week




 Supplies out of the Oxnard, California growing region are limited due to recent rain fall; supplies out of Coachella, California are ample and will meet Valentine’s Day demand

 The market remains steady to slightly lower; demand is strong

 MFC Strawberries are available out of Coachella, California; MBA is being substituted in Oxnard, California




West Coast Ports - Weekend Shutdowns

 Grape supplies may tighten due to unloading delays; green seedless grapes will exhibit more amber coloring due to extra storage time

 Shortages of Chinese garlic, Chinese ginger, dragon fruit, mangoes, melons, watermelon, and other specialty items may increase

 Northwest suppliers are diverting containers to ports in Florida and Texas, pushing transportation rates up due to rising demand for trucks

 The port slowdown will potentially affect domestic markets and could drive prices down as raw product supplies originally designated for export remain in storage sheds



Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.



©2015 Markon Cooperative, Inc. All rights reserved.