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August 28, 2023

California bell pepper production is increasing following Hurricane Hilary. Markets are steady to slightly lower. Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Green and Red Bell Peppers are available.

Green Bells

  • California
    • The Oxnard and Newhall, California growing regions were the most affected by Hurricane Hilary; some flooding has been reported
    • Growers were able to pack ahead in anticipation of the storm, limiting shortages
    • Production is returning to normal in West Coast growing regions following improved weather
    • Quality is good; scarring and mechanical damage are occasional issues
    • Markets are slightly lower as production increases
  • Central Mexico/East Coast   
    • Central Mexican supplies crossing through Texas remain steady with decent quality
    • East Coast markets are steady; North Carolina, New York, New Jersey, and Michigan are all seeing sufficient volume
    • North Carolina may see lighter production this week as Tropical Storm Idalia makes its way across the southeastern states
    • The Pennsylvania season has started in a light way; volume is expected to increase over the next three weeks
    • East Coast markets are steady but may become active this week as a result of the approaching storm

Red Bells

  • California
    • Oxnard and Bakersfield harvests were hampered by the storm last week; fields are still drying out
    • Markets are steady but should soften in the next 7-10 days as production returns to normal
    • Quality is faring better than anticipated; light scarring has been reported
    • Despite heavy rains and flooding last week, Coachella growers are not extremely concerned with the fall desert crop plantings; some replanting may be needed in affected fields
  • Central Mexico/Canada  
    • Central Mexican supplies crossing through Texas are steady; quality ranges from good to fair
    • Canadian greenhouses are seeing steady volume and decent quality

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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