Red bells pepper prices are increasing this week due to harvesting transition delays; weather is a factor. Quality issues out of Mexico are a concern.
- Markon First Crop (MFC) Red Bell Peppers are limited; packer label is being substituted
- Mexican volume is down; hot weather has advanced late-stage spring crops
- Choice grade is the most prevalent
- Quality is below average; problems include scarring, over-ripeness, green cast, and occasional decay
- Shelf-life is shorter than normal
- The California season is slowly starting this week
- Higher volume is expected the week of May 15
- Jumbo and extra-large sizes are abundant
- Canadian greenhouses are packing excellent quality stocks this week
- Expect markets to climb
- MFC and Markon Essentials Green Bell Peppers are available
- Growers in mainland Mexico are struggling with quality as the spring season winds down; shelf-life is below normal
- California’s Imperial Valley has adequate supplies
- Production is expected to start in Fresno by early June
- New crop quality is excellent
- Large sizes dominate packs
- East Coast production is light
- Plant City, Florida is the main growing region
- Production will begin in Georgia early next week
- Expect steady markets this week
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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