UPDATE: BELL PEPPERS

June 30, 2022

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.

 

Red Bells

  • 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

Green Bells

  • 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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