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UPDATE SUMMARY: Week of March 30, 2015

April 02, 2015


The potato market is expected to rise; large-size Idaho Burbank and Norkotah supplies are tightening. Ready-Set-Serve (RSS) Peeled Garlic prices will increase effective May 1, 2015; domestic and Chinese peeled garlic stocks are limited. Florida tomato production will slow down over the next two weeks as growers transition to the Ruskin-Palmetto region; stocks from Mexico have been tight, but volume is starting to increase. The bi-annual harvesting transition from the Arizona/California desert growing region to the Salinas Valley is nearly complete. 


Idaho Potatoes

  • Large Idaho Burbank and Norkotah potatoes (40- through 70-count supplies) are extremely limited; small sizes (80- through 100-count potatoes) are ample
  • Cool temperatures and rain received during August hindered growth and prevented stocks from reaching their full size potential, resulting in small potatoes (80- through 100-count sizes)
  • Large sizes will start diminishing as early as next week


Mixed Berries

  • Mixed berry availability is sporadic; harvesting transitions between growing regions and weather challenges have tightened supplies
  • More plentiful supplies and better quality blackberries and raspberries are forecast for next week, however blueberry prices will remain elevated and supplies will be tight for the month of April



  • California Navel oranges are dominated by 88-count and larger sizes; 138-count and smaller fruit is extremely limited
  • The Florida market is steady at high levels
  • Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Best Available Navel Oranges are sporadic; packer label is being substituted as needed
  • More abundant supplies of new crop Valencias and small-sized fruit are expected by mid- to late April


RSS Garlic

  • Domestic and Chinese peeled garlic supplies are limited


  • Mexican stocks have been tight due to rain in the current growing region as well as spring harvesting transitions, but volume is starting to increase
  • Quality is fair in Florida, but will improve once spring fruit hits the market; Mexican quality continues to get better as stocks increase
  • Demand has been weak, but will strengthen as summer approaches


Transition Information

  • The lettuce and leafy greens harvesting transition from the Arizona/California desert region is almost complete
  • By next week, all MFC and RSS Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine will be harvested in the Salinas Valley
  • Quality is good: occasional aphids and internal burn are issues


Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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