California’s Valencia season is winding down earlier than anticipated; expect remaining supplies to be depleted by mid- to late October.
- Markon First Crop and Markon Essentials California Valencia Oranges are available
- Expect extremely limited Valencia supplies until the Navel season begins
- Small-size fruit (113- to 138-count oranges) will be tight for the rest of the Valencia season; prices are elevated
- Quality concerns include re-greening and decay due to above-normal temperatures through the summer months
- The California Navel season will begin in late October, depending on weather
- Offshore oranges from Chile, Morocco, South Africa, and Uruguay are available on the East Coast; Chilean supplies are also available on the West Coast
- Imported stocks are dominated by 88-count and larger sizes, as well as fancy grade fruit
- Delivered costs for offshore Navels will be roughly $4.00 to $5.00 higher per case than domestic Valencias
- Expect the price spread between domestic and offshore fruit to become smaller as domestic supplies dwindle and markets rise
- California’s Navel harvest is expected to begin the third week of October
- Early variety fruit requires gassing, at the packing shed level, for a minimum of 72 hours to de-green fruit
- Expect limited supplies to start the season but volume will ramp up week over week once underway
Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.
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