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May 24, 2022

Red bell pepper demand is strong; expect low yields and high prices through June. Green bell pepper markets are elevated as well, but supplies are increasing.

Red Bells

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Red Bell Peppers are limited; packer label will be substituted as needed for the next three to four weeks
  • The California desert season is underway; however, some growers are reporting potential crop failures by late May
    • A combination of temperature fluctuations, water management, and high winds are causing blossom end rot in some lots
    • Tight stocks are forecast for the month of June
  • The spring season has ended in mainland Mexico; summer production will start in Central Mexico (crossing into South Texas) by late June
  • Canadian greenhouse volume is down due to cool/overcast weather last week
  • Markon recommends substituting orange bell peppers as needed through June
  • Expect extremely limited supplies and elevated prices through June

Green Bells

  • MFC and Markon Essentials Green Bell Peppers are available
  • California’s Imperial Valley season will wind down over the next few weeks; recent heat is affecting quality
    • Medium and large sizes are most prevalent
    • The Bakersfield, California growing season is set to start the week of June 6
  • East Coast production is transitioning from Florida to Georgia over the next two weeks; quality is good
  • Mexico’s spring season (crossing into Nogales, Arizona) has ended
  • Expect high markets over the next two to three weeks (until new growing regions ramp up)

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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