News and Stories


July 14, 2017
Bell Peppers
  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Green Bell Peppers are sporadic; MFC Red Bell Peppers are available in California
  • Supplies are decreasing while growers transition to Michigan and California coastal regions; extra-large stocks are especially limited
  • Quality is very good
  • Expect the market to rise over the next week, then remain elevated until early August
  • Abnormally high temperatures persist in the growing regions of California and Mexico; hot weather can cause premature breakdown in RSS Cilantro packs
  • RSS Washed & Trimmed Cilantro is sporadic due to quality; packer label will be substituted as needed
  • Oxnard and Salinas Valley supplies are limited; Mexico acreage will not be available for several weeks
  • Prices are climbing
  • Production is transitioning from Mexico to California’s San Joaquin Valley; quality is very good
  • Packer-label, Californian-grown red seedless grapes are expected to start shipping the week of July 17
  • Markon Essentials Red Seedless Grapes will enter the market in late July; Green seedless will be available one week later
  • California-grown MFC Lunch Bunch Grapes from California will be available the week of July 17
  • Prices are expected to rise at the beginning of the California season, but will stabilize as the season gains traction
Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine
  • MFC Premium Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine supplies are available; Markon Best Available is being substituted due to low weights
  • Rain followed by high temperatures have delayed East Coast production, pushing demand to the West Coast
  • The iceberg market is climbing; supplies are tightening
  • Expect higher prices over the next 10 days
Green Onions
  • Above-average temperatures in Mexicali Valley, Mexico are decreasing green onion yields; overall supplies are limited
  • Severe heat has stunted growth in Mexico, shifting demand to California
  • Expect limited supplies for the next several weeks
  • Prices for RSS Washed & Trimmed Green Onions will hold steady unless trigger levels are met; open-market pricing will increase due to limited supplies
Idaho Potatoes
  • MFC Idaho Burbank Potatoes are available through mid-August
  • Supplies are dominated by small sizes (80- to 100-count potatoes)
  • Large sizes (40- to 70-count) are tighter
  • Burbank quality is good; quality will continue to weaken as the end of the season approaches
  • New crop Norkotah and Burbank harvesting will begin in early to mid-August and late September/early October, respectively
  • Prices remain steady
  • Unreasonably high temperatures persist in the growing regions of California and Mexico, affecting size and volume
  • MFC Yellow Super Colossal and Colossal Onions will be most damaged by heat; high temperatures slow growth and cause mechanical defects during production
  • The 2017-2018 onion harvest will begin in the Northwest in late August
  • Prices continue to climb
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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