Red bell peppers remain in a demand-exceeds-supply situation. Prices are extremely high due to harvesting transition gaps in California. East Coast green bells are transitioning farther north.
- Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Red Bell Peppers are limited; packer label will be substituted this week
- Coachella Valley, California’s season ended early due to abnormally hot weather, while Bakersfield, California’s fruit ripening process has been slow (due to past weather fluctuations)
- Supplies are extremely limited; growers will continue to light harvests this week
- Prices are elevated
- Mexican production out of Baja and the Central region (crossing into South Texas) is tight
- The East Coast has a limited availability of colored peppers
- Orange bell peppers may be substituted on a case-by-case basis; yellow bell peppers are also scarce
- Expect escalating markets heading into the Fourth of July weekend
- MFC and ESS Green Bell Peppers are available
- California’s San Joaquin Valley volume is steady
- Quality is very good; all sizes are available
- The Gilroy/Hollister region is expected to start in mid-July
- East Coast production has transitioned from Georgia to the Carolinas quickly due to past heat/rain; overall stocks are snug
- North Carolina quality is good
- Local summer programs (including Kentucky, Virginia, and New Jersey) will start in mid-July
- Expect slightly higher markets over the next two weeks
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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