UPDATE: BELL PEPPERS

June 9, 2022

Red bell peppers prices remain elevated due to low volume. Green bell pepper harvesting transitions are occurring in California and along the East Coast during the month of June.

Red Bells

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Red Bell Peppers are limited; packer label will be substituted as needed over the next two weeks
  • The California desert supply is low due
    • Fluctuating temperatures are causing crop failures/blossom end rot for some growers
    • Expect extremely tight stocks until the San Joaquin Valley (Bakersfield) season starts in late June/early July
  • Limited production will start in Central Mexico in two weeks
  • Canadian greenhouse yields have increased; quality is very good
  • Orange bell peppers may be substituted on a case-by-case basis through June
  • Expect elevated markets through this month

Green Bells

  • MFC and ESS Green Bell Peppers are available
  • California supplies are adequate
    • The transition from the Imperial Valley to Bakersfield occurs this week
    • Jumbo/extra-large sizes are most prevalent
    • Quality is excellent out of Bakersfield
  • East Coast production is steady in Georgia with all sizes and grades available; quality is good
  • The Carolinas are expected to start harvests at the end of June followed by local summer programs (including Kentucky, Virginia, New Jersey etc.) in mid-July
  • Markets will ease over the next two weeks

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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