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May 12, 2022

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.

Red Bells

  • 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

Green Bells

  • 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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