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UPDATE: West Coast Prices

November 12, 2015


Prices for most West Coast commodity items will remain elevated through early next week due to strong demand and tight supplies. Many growers are transitioning from the Salinas Valley to the Yuma, Arizona/California desert growing regions.



  • Stocks remain tight in Salinas and Santa Maria, California
  • Cold day and night temperatures are slowing growth; rain has impeded production
  • Prices are rising
  • Mexican supplies (into South Texas) are adequate; prices are slightly lower than those in California 


  • The market will climb into the low 30s by next week
  • Supplies will remain very tight through next week; all sizes are limited
  • Cold weather and rain over the past two weeks has limited growth and slowed production


  • Prices are elevated; supplies are tight even though growers are harvesting in Oxnard, Salinas, and Santa Maria
  • This past summer’s abnormally warm temperatures have created the current quality problems and lowered yields
  • Prices will remain high through next week due to strong Thanksgiving demand

Green Leaf/Romaine

  • Green leaf prices are rising into the high teens
  • The romaine market is in the mid-20s
  • The Salinas season is ending; production is moving to Yuma and the California desert
  • Quality is good in Yuma
  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Premium Green Leaf and Romaine are sporadic; Markon Best Available (MBA) is being substituted due to light carton weights
  • Expect tight supplies and elevated markets into next week


  • Low yields and tight supplies are keeping prices high
  • Internal burn, large ribs, light weights, puffy heads, and seeder are problems affecting yields in Yuma
  • Prices are in the high 20s/low 30s this week
  • Processor demand is strong
  • MFC Premium Iceberg is not available; MBA is being substituted due to low carton weights and seeder in Yuma
  • Quality is good in Huron, but carton weights are in the low to mid-40s; most growers will finish harvesting next week 

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.


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