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UPDATE SUMMARY: Week of October 17, 2016

October 20, 2016


  • New agreements and policies have been made to meet growers’ demands; production has finally resumed in Michoacán, Mexico
  • Supplies will remain limited in the U.S. due to logistical challenges
  • Prices will ease and supplies will increase by mid- to late next week
  • The market is expected to remain higher than normal

California Oranges:

  • The California Valencia season is winding down; new crop California Navels will begin shipping October 24
  • Markon First Crop and Markon Essentials Valencia Oranges are sporadic; packer label is being substituted as needed
  • Markon recommends ordering for quick turns
  • Quality issues in Valencia’s will include re-greening and soft texture; despite green tints, fruit is still fully ripe, sweet, and juicy
  • Valencia prices remain stable to slightly lower than the new crop Navel market

Ready-Set-Serve (RSS) Fresh-Cut Grapefruit:

  • Texas Rio Red grapefruits are back in season
  • RSS fresh-cut grapefruit products will start packing Texas Rio Reds the week of October 31
  • Expect mild flavor and vibrant red color as the season progresses
  • The Texas Rio grapefruit season is expected to run through May

White Russet Idaho Potatoes:

  • New crop White Russet harvesting is complete; potatoes will undergo the sweat process for three to four weeks or until outer skin is cured
  • Quality is expected to be excellent; high yields are forecast
  • White Russets will be available for shipment October 27 through early September 2017 or until supplies are depleted
  • White Russets enable efficiencies in the kitchen, including:
    • Chefs do not have to soak potatoes in citric acid or sulphates
    • Kitchen shrink is reduced
    • Black spots and bruising caused by handling are reduced up to 45%
    • Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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