News and Stories


July 02, 2020


  • Summer demand has peaked leading into the Independence Day holiday
  • Markets in Central Mexico have stabilized; growers have hit peak production
  • Expect falling prices through July and into August

Bell Peppers
West Coast

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Green and Red Bell Peppers are available
  • Red bell production is winding down in the California desert region
    • Supplies are extremely limited
    • New crop production will start in California’s Southern Central Valley the week of July 6
  • Green bell demand is strong due to low East Coast volume; stocks are tightening

East Coast

  • MFC and ESS Green Bell Peppers are available; packer label may be substituted as necessary
  • The Georgia crop is winding down; rain and hot weather have reduced yields and affected quality
  • New crop supplies will begin shipping out of the Carolinas later this week
  • Expect limited East Coast stocks until the North Carolina, New Jersey, Ohio, and Michigan crops ramp up in mid- to late July


  • Prices are beginning to ease as production ramps up on the west side of the San Joaquin Valley
  • Foodservice sizes will remain tight (12- and 15-count stocks)
    • The crop is still running larger than normal with very few 15-count melons
    • 12-count supplies will remain tight for the next several weeks
  • Limited quantities of bin cantaloupes are available on the East Coast


  • Demand for raw product is increasing, creating competition for remaining 2019-2020 fresh-market crop supplies
  • Processor demand has risen as North America opens from COVID-19 shelter in place rules
  • Supplementing Washington MFC Norkotah Potatoes may be necessary to bridge the gap until new crop, Idaho Norkotahs enter the market
  • New crop harvesting is set to begin during the week of August 3

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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