News and Stories


August 03, 2017


  • 2017 California crop volume was lower than normal; the season is wrapping up
  • Growers in Mexico have transitioned to the summer crop (Flora Loca bloom) which has the lowest volume of the year
  • Supplies will be limited for the next 8-10 weeks, especially No. 2 grade fruit
  • Prices will remain high through September

Brussel Sprouts

  • Ready-Set-Serve (RSS) Brussels Sprouts and RSS Brussels Sprout Halves are limited due to industry-wide shortages
  • Growers in Baja, Mexico will finish production by next week; high temperatures have increased quality issues
  • California’s Central Coast production will ramp up within the next 7 to 10 days
  • Prices are elevated, but are expected to weaken by late next week


  • Expect RSS Washed & Trimmed Cilantro trigger levels to move up early next week
  • RSS Washed & Trimmed Cilantro is sporadic due to erratic quality; packer label will be substituted as needed
  • Weather permitting, Mexican production will start again in mid-August; supply levels will return to normal  
  • Supplies continue to tighten; open-market pricing is on the rise

Idaho Potatoes

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Idaho Burbank Potatoes will be available through August 19
  • New crop Norkotah harvesting and packing will begin in a limited manner on August 8
  • New crop Burbank production will start in late September/early October
  • Storage crop White Russets will be available through September 1
  • New crop White Russets will hit the market by November 13; this variety must go through a 28-day sweat process before shipment


  • MFC Onions remain available in California and New Mexico 
  • MFC Onions from Washington will become available the week of August 8; limited quantities of packer label stocks are currently being shipped
  • MFC Onions from Idaho/Oregon will start shipping the week of August 14; packer label onions will be on the market next week  
  • Utah MFC Red and Yellow Onions will be on the market the week of August 28 


  • MFC and Markon Essentials Valencia Oranges are sporadic; packer label supplies are being substituted as needed
  • Domestic supplies are becoming extremely limited, especially choice grade and small fruit (113- and 138-count sizes)
  • An industry-wide supply shortage of domestic Valencias is expected to occur by mid-August; offshore Navels will be supplemented as needed to fill all orders
  • The market continues to rise

Salinas Valley, California Weather Outlook

  • Unseasonably warm weather is expected in the Salinas Valley growing region beginning Tuesday August 1 and persisting through the week
  • MFC Premium Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine are readily available; Markon Best Available will be substituted as needed
  • High temperatures will create heat-related quality challenges and shelf-life issues in lettuces and leafy greens              

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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