California’s Valencia orange and coastal lemon volume will continue to tighten over the next month. Volume has dropped significantly due to higher-than-normal temperatures over the past three weeks.
Oranges – Valencias
- Domestic Valencia’s have approximately four to five weeks left
- Above-normal temperatures have caused quality concerns around re-greening and softness
- Smaller sizes (113-and 138-count packs) are expected to tighten until the new crop Navel harvest begins late October/early November
- Remaining supplies are dominated by 88-count and larger pack sizes
- Offshore Navel oranges are available in California, and can be substituted for Valencia orders as necessary
- Imported Navels are dominated by fancy grade, 88-count and larger pack sizes
- Prices for imported Navels will run $8.00 to $10.00 higher per case than the California Valencia market
- The Southern California coastal season is winding down
- Lemon quality concerns include mold and softness due to above-normal temperatures
- Mexican lemons are being substituted for California Lemons as necessary when quality issues arise
- The Arizona/California desert region will start production by mid-October
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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