Tight supplies are keeping prices high. Production is limited in Florida and Mexico; weather is erratic in both regions. The market will remain elevated through January.
- Winter harvesting started late due to abnormally wet conditions
- Higher-than-normal temperatures and wet/humid weather have forced growers to cull damaged fruit, further reducing yields; problems include blemishes, cracking, decay at blossom end, and uneven color
- Small-size fruit dominates both crops
- Normal winter-like conditions are forecast for the next 10 days
- Expect tight supplies over the next two to three weeks; production will increase in late January
- Early season mature green stocks are limited
- Recent rain and cold temperatures curtailed harvests
- Quality is good, but fruit color is light, requiring more time in gas rooms
- Expect limited production over the next few weeks, barring any unforeseen weather changes
Roma and Vine-Ripe Tomatoes
- The main winter production region is Culiacan, Mexico (into Nogales, Arizona and South Texas)
- Cherry, grape, and Roma supplies are increasing
- Vine-ripe varieties have started arriving into Nogales and South Texas, but volume is not high enough to cover strong East Coast demand; production should increase by late January
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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