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March 15, 2022

Bell pepper markets are elevated due to weather, seasonal decline, and tight supplies. Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Green and Red Bell Peppers are available; packer label is being substituted as needed.

Green Bells

  • Mexican supplies are tight due to cool evening temperatures and normal seasonal decline
    • All sizes and grades are available
    • Quality is mixed
  • Florida volume has fallen due to the early February freezing conditions which caused bloom drop
    • New fields primarily consist of jumbo sizes (with good quality), while older fields are producing smaller/average quality peppers
    • This past weekend’s cold weather might delay additional spring crops due to start this week
  • Expect prices to remain elevated in March

Red Bells

  • Mexican production is steady this week
    • Large- and medium-size fruit are the most abundant
    • Supplies will tighten over the next few weeks as some growers are harvesting in advance to sell on the elevated green bell market
    • Quality is good
  • Florida harvests only a small quantity of colored bells
  • Canadian greenhouse harvesting has started with very low volume; deep color and high quality are being reported
  • Expect prices to fluctuate over the next two weeks

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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