UPDATE SUMMARY: WEEK OF JANUARY 20, 2022

January 20, 2022

Bell Peppers

Green Bells

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Green Bell Peppers are available
  • Mexican stocks have increased due to favorable weather
    • All sizes are available
    • Quality is good: some grading is required at final pack out
  • Florida volume is snug due to cooler evenings and rain this week
  • Expect prices to remain low for the next two weeks

Red Bells

  • MFC and ESS Red Bell Peppers are available
  • Mexican supplies out of the state of Sinaloa are sufficient
    • Quality is good: scarring is a minor problem
    • All sizes are available
  • The East Coast produces a minimal amount of colored peppers
  • Expect prices to slightly decrease over the next week

Broccoli

  • 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

Brussels Sprouts

  • Salinas and Santa Maria production is winding down for the season; Mexicali and the Arizona/California desert are the primary growing regions
  • Production in Mexicali, Mexico is off to a slow start this season due to cold weather; supplies are anticipated to increase in late January to early February
  • Size is dominated by small and medium; jumbo sizes are extremely limited
  • Markets are expected to remain elevated through early February

Carrots

  • The San Joaquin Valley season is experiencing lower-than-average yields as the season winds down
    • This is due to record rainfall in December 2021 coupled with low temperatures
    • Both commodity and processed packs are impacted
  • Supplies are ample in Arizona and Mexico (crossing into South Texas); quality is very good
  • Baby Peeled Snack Packs are currently in a demand-exceeds-supply situation due to post-COVID demand for pre-portioned products and schools being back in session
  • In addition, carrot processors are currently experiencing a labor shortage due to COVID
    • All departments have been impacted including production, packing, shipping, and sales
    • Reduced staffing on any given day has led to occasional shortages and loading delays
  • Supplies are expected to be back to normal once new crop production in the Imperial Valley is fully underway in late February

Cilantro

  • Ready-Set-Serve (RSS) Cilantro is available
  • Yields are down following an exceptionally wet December in Oxnard, California; approximately 10” of rainfall was recorded for the month
  • Arizona/California desert supplies are steady, though prices are slowly increasing as demand shifts from Oxnard
  • Domestic supplies will be available in South Texas through April
  • Overall quality is good; some Oxnard lots are exhibiting early breakdown from excessive rain and tip burn due to high winds
  • Expect elevated markets through January

Green Onions

  • Growing conditions in Mexicali, Mexico are improving; highs in the mid- to upper 70s and evening temperatures in the 40s to low 50s were recorded over the last 10 days
  • Similar weather patterns are forecast through January; industry supplies will continue to rebound
  • Expect markets to inch down over the next 10 to 14 days

Limes

  • Demand has weakened a bit, but is expected to increase again in late January/early February
  • All sizes are available; however, large sizes are tightening
  • Quality remains strong: color is deep green
  • Expect elevated markets through March, which is common for this time of year

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
  • White and yellow Mexican onions are now being shipped out of South Texas
    • As expected, with the Northwest markets currently at all-time highs, Mexican pricing opened at elevated levels
    • Red onions are forecast to become available in 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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