UPDATE: BELL PEPPERS

April 12, 2022

Bell pepper prices remain elevated. Transitions to new growing regions in Florida and California will begin in late April/early May. Markon First Crop and Markon Essentials Green and Red Bell Peppers are available.

Green Bells

  • Mexican supplies are tight; spring crops were slow to mature due to cold evenings
    • Smaller sizes are dominant; extra-large and large sizes are commanding high prices
    • Quality is erratic; limited scarring and bruising are still evident after grading
  • Florida volume remains low due to previous inclement weather
    • Choice grade quality is average
    • Extra-large and large sizes are limited
    • Plant City production will start this week, adding overall supply to the region
    • The state of Georgia is expected to start harvesting in mid- to late May
  • Light green bell harvesting has begun in California’s Imperial Valley region; significant volume isn’t expected until late April
  • Expect prices to remain elevated until California crops ramp up later this month

Red Bells

  • Mexican supplies are fairly tight in the western and central regions as growers transition to spring acreage
    • Quality is good
    • The best lots are being shipped from high-tech greenhouses
  • Florida grows very few colored bell peppers
  • The spring Canadian greenhouse season is fully underway
  • Expect prices to lower slightly this week

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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