UPDATE: ICEBERG AND ROMAINE

February 22, 2022

Inconsistent weather patterns persist in the Arizona and California desert growing regions. Lettuce ice is anticipated through the rest of this week followed by a warming trend next week. Industry supplies of romaine remain limited; iceberg supplies are slowly tightening.

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Premium Romaine is sporadic; Markon Best Available (MBA) is being substituted as needed due to light weights
    • Quality is good: freeze-related blistering/peeling and fringe/internal burn are more prevalent than in prior weeks
    • Industry supplies of romaine are forecast to increase in two to three weeks, pending weather
    • Romaine markets will be elevated into early March at minimum
  • MFC Premium Iceberg is limited; MBA is being substituted as needed due to light weights
    • Quality is very good: epidermal blistering/peeling, growth crack, and sun scalding are occasional issues
    • Supplies are tightening
      • Low weights, small size, and fluctuating densities are affecting lots industry-wide
      • Warmer temperatures are in next week’s forecast and will help promote growth
    • Expect slightly higher prices through February

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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