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July 3, 2024

Tight red bell pepper supplies are pushing up prices. Green bell peppers are more abundant; expect lower markets. Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Green Bell Peppers are available; MFC and ESS Red Bell Peppers are limited.

Red Bells

  • Extreme heat (+110F) will limit production crews to half days in Bakersfield, California this week, reducing overall supplies; current quality is very good; however, long-term affects are expected due to these high temperatures
  • Crops in Central Mexico are also being affected by hot weather; volume has fallen
  • East Coast/Canadian greenhouse stocks will remain snug over the next two weeks while West Coast yields recover
  • Expect elevated prices over the next two weeks

Green Bells

  • California growers are harvesting first picks in Fresno this week and second/third picks in Bakersfield
    • Quality is good
      • Recent high heat will accelerate the ripening process
      • Growers are monitoring fields closely
    • Expect production to start in the Hollister area on July 22
  • North Carolina stocks are ample
    • All sizes are available
    • Quality is good
  • Growers are harvesting in Kentucky and New Jersey; favorable growing conditions are resulting in good quality
  • Ohio and Michigan regional deals will start in mid-July
  • Expect markets to soften over the next two weeks

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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