News and Stories


July 06, 2017


  • Abnormally high temperatures in California and Mexico are causing premature breakdown in Ready-Set-Serve (RSS) Cilantro packs
  • RSS Washed & Trimmed Cilantro is sporadic due to quality; packer label will be substituted as needed
  • Yellowing is decreasing field and processing yields; decay is being seen in some finished product
  • Prices remain steady


  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Cantaloupe and Honeydew Melons will be sporadic for the next two weeks
  • Expect increased supplies by late next week as production increases
  • Abnormally high temperatures have caused inconsistent maturity, low sugar levels, softness, and reduced shelf-life; expect better quality by late next week
  • Cantaloupe and honeydew melon prices will remain elevated over the next ten days


  • MFC and Markon Essentials Valencia Oranges are sporadic; packer label supplies will be substituted as needed
  • Offshore oranges will be necessary to meet summer and fall demand
    • Imports will have PLU stickers
    • Prices will be higher than those for domestic fruit
  • 72-hour lead time is highly encouraged through September due to tight supplies and reduced packing hours
  • The market is elevated and will continue to climb through the summer months


  • MFC Washington D’Anjou Pears will be available through the second week of July
  • The California Bartlett season will begin the week of July 10
  • Remaining Washington fruit is of excellent quality; stocks are dominated by large fruit (80- and 100-count sizes)
  • California packers ship 6 to 10 fewer pieces of fruit per unit than Washington due to pack size
  • The Bartlett season is forecast to begin in mid-August; new crop D’Anjou production will start in late August

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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