West Coast carrot supplies are tightening as the crop begins transition from California’s San Joaquin Valley to California’s Imperial Valley. Availability will be limited for the next four weeks due to weather-related issues and reduced yields. Commodity pack prices are higher.
- The San Joaquin Valley season is experiencing lower-than-average yields as the season winds down
- This is due to record rainfall in December 2021 coupled with low temperatures
- Both commodity and processed packs are impacted
- Supplies are ample in Arizona and Mexico (crossing into South Texas); quality is very good
- Baby Peeled Snack Packs are currently in a demand-exceeds-supply situation due to post-COVID demand for pre-portioned products and schools back in session
- In addition, carrot processors are currently experiencing a labor shortage due to COVID
- All departments have been impacted including production, packing, shipping, and sales
- Reduced staffing on any given day has led to occasional shortages and loading delays
- Supplies are expected to be back to normal once new crop production in the Imperial Valley is fully underway in late February
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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