Lime markets remain firm despite improved weather conditions in Veracruz, Mexico this week. Premium grades are limited due to overall crop quality. Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Limes are available.
- Mexican lime growers remain challenged with quality concerns; QC checks have doubled and packing lines are running slower to remove poor-quality fruit
- Oil spotting, stylar end breakdown, and yellowing (not to be confused with blanching) are the main concerns
- Current yields for US No. 1 Fine Appearance have been reduced to 20-30 percent
- Increased blanching pack out percentages are higher than normal for US No. 1 Mixed Color; blanching is caused by a lack of sunlight, often blocked by a leaf or a branch, and is not considered serious damage affecting shelf-life (see attached image)
- Size is dominated by 175- to 230-count fruit; larger 110- to 150-count sizes are extremely limited
- Expect steady but elevated lime markets into October
- Markon recommends ordering for quick turns
10-Day Forecast – Veracruz, Mexico
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