UPDATE: ICEBERG AND ROMAINE

February 16, 2022

Recent erratic weather patterns in the Arizona and California desert regions have resulted in decreasing supplies of romaine; the market is rising rapidly. Iceberg stocks are sufficiently meeting demand though some weights are light due to inconsistent growing conditions; prices are fairly steady.

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Premium Romaine is available
    • Quality is good: freeze-related blistering/peeling and fringe/internal burn are present in some lots, but most defects are being trimmed at harvest
    • Industry supplies of romaine are forecast to rebound in two to three weeks, pending weather
    • Romaine markets will be elevated into early March
  • MFC Premium Iceberg is limited; Markon Best Available (MBA) is being substituted as needed due to light weights
    • Quality is very good: epidermal blistering/peeling and growth crack are sporadic issues
    • Supplies are plentiful; however, light weights, small size, and fluctuating densities are affecting some lots
    • Pricing is forecast to remain steady to slightly higher through February

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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