UPDATE SUMMARY: WEEK OF JANUARY 13, 2022

January 13, 2022

Bell Peppers

Green Bells

  • Mexican supplies have tightened this week due recent cool/rainy weather
    • All sizes are available, but extra-large peppers are snug
    • Quality is good: scarring and weak walls are issues in some lots
  • Florida is transitioning from older crops to newer winter fields in the southern region
    • Some lots show signs of bruising and decay at pack out
    • New crop quality is very good
  • Prices are rising

Red Bells

  • Mexican stocks are consistent
    • Volume is set to increase in January
    • All sizes are available
    • Quality is good
  • The East Coast does not produce many colored peppers
  • Prices are expected to slightly decrease over the next one to two weeks

Broccoli and Cauliflower

Arizona/California Desert Broccoli  

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) Broccoli is available in the AZ/CA desert growing region
  • Cool weather has slowed plant maturity, resulting in fewer available supplies over the next two weeks
  • Overall quality is good: pin rot is affecting some lots
  • Demand is moderate; markets are expected to maintain mid- to high levels over the next two weeks

Mexican Broccoli (into South Texas)

  • MFC Broccoli is available (loading in South Texas)
  • Supplies are adequate but anticipated to tighten over the next two weeks as additional demand shifts from the AZ/CA desert to South Texas
  • Overall quality is good: pin rot is affecting some lots
  • Demand is moderate, but expected to pick up as West Coast broccoli stocks become tighter

Arizona/California Desert Cauliflower

  • Markon Essentials (ESS) Cauliflower is limited in the AZ/CA desert growing region; packer label will be substituted as needed
  • Cool weather has slowed growth, resulting in fewer available supplies over the next two weeks
  • Quality is strong with great color and ideal size
  • Demand is elevated and expected to strengthen as stocks become tighter
  • Expect Arizona and California markets to increase over the next two weeks

Cucumbers

  • Prices are expected to increase slightly
  • Mexican production is steady in Sonora and Sinaloa; quality is good
  • The main East Coast supply has transitioned to offshore Honduran import programs
  • South Florida port delays are affecting availability due to labor and transportation shortages
  • Quality is excellent; Honduras has avoided severe weather this season

Grapes

  • Red and green seedless grapes have transitioned to imported fruit
  • Prices are rising
  • Imported Lunch Bunch Grapes will begin shipping January 17, 2022
  • Expect limited stocks and strong prices through January

Idaho Potatoes

  • Burbank and Norkotah size is currently dominated by large sizes (40- through 70-count potatoes); smaller sizes (80- thru 100-count supplies) are sufficient
  • Quality is strong in both varieties
  • Markets are expected to climb in late January as suppliers will begin to extend storage volume
  • Norkotahs should remain available into early April; once Norkotah stocks are depleted, Burbanks will be the sole variety for the rest of the season

Limes

  • MFC and ESS Limes are limited; packer label will be substituted as necessary
  • Hurricane Max made landfall on September 18, greatly reducing Key lime yields; demand has increased for Persian limes in response
  • Expect limited Persian lime stocks for the next 30 to 60 days
    • The current crop is dominated by small fruit
    • Large sizes will become increasingly scarce
  • Overall quality is good
  • Prices are expected to rise $15-$20 over the next 7 to 10 days

Onions

  • Northwest MFC Onions will be available through late April
    • Dry scale and translucent layers will become challenges as the end of the season approaches
    • Expect elevated prices for the rest of the season
  • Limited quantities of Mexican onions will start entering the U.S. (into South Texas) next week
    • With the Northwest markets at all-time highs, Mexican onion prices are expected to follow suit
    • White and yellow onions will enter the U.S. first
    • Red onions will be available by mid-February; expect low volume
  • Texas-grown onions will enter the market in early March
  • California/Imperial Valley onions are estimated to start shipping in late April
  • The New Mexico season will begin in early June

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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