UPDATE SUMMARY: WEEK OF MAY 9, 2022

May 12, 2022

Bell Peppers

Red bell pepper prices are increasing this week due to harvesting transition delays; weather is a factor. Quality issues out of Mexico are a concern.

Red Bells

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Red Bell Peppers are limited; packer label is being substituted
  • Mexican volume is down; hot weather has advanced late-stage spring crops
    • Choice grade is the most prevalent
    • Quality is below average; problems include scarring, over-ripeness, green cast, and occasional decay
    • Shelf-life is shorter than normal
  • The California season is slowly starting this week
    • Higher volume is expected the week of May 15
    • Jumbo and extra-large sizes are abundant
  • Canadian greenhouses are packing excellent quality stocks this week
  • Expect markets to climb

Green Bells

  • MFC and ESS Green Bell Peppers are available
  • Growers in mainland Mexico are struggling with quality as the spring season winds down; shelf-life is below normal
  • California’s Imperial Valley has adequate supplies
    • Production is expected to start in Fresno by early June
    • New crop quality is excellent
    • Large sizes dominate packs
  • East Coast production is light
    • Plant City, Florida is the main growing region
    • Production will begin in Georgia early next week
  • Expect steady markets this week

Cabbage

West Coast cabbage markets are elevated; supplies are tight. East Coast supplies are ample.

  • Arizona/California desert supplies will be depleted this week
  • The Salinas Valley growing season is off to a slow start
    • Cool temperatures have reduced head size and weight
    • Lower yields per acre have significantly reduced availability for processors
  • As a result, West Coast cabbage supplies have significantly tightened this week
  • The Texas season has ended; Mexican supplies (crossing into South Texas) will begin in late May/early June
  • The Florida season is finished; however, Georgia is in full swing with ample supply
    • North Carolina harvests will begin next week
    • Commodity cabbage off the East Coast is in good supply with steady to lower pricing expected over the next few weeks
  • Expect limited supplies out West with elevated prices through the month of May

California Strawberries

Supplies are increasing; demand remains strong. Expect steady markets for the next seven to ten days.

Salinas/Watsonville

  • MFC Strawberries are available
  • Volume will increase next week as favorable growing conditions are forecast
  • Fruit size is large (14-18 per 1-pound clamshell)
  • Quality is great: firm fruit with 90%-95% color

Santa Maria

  • MFC Strawberries are available
  • Warm weather will increase stocks next week
  • Fruit size is medium (18-20 per 1-pound clamshell)
  • Quality is good: some green shoulders have been reported

Oxnard

  • Supplies are extremely limited; most growers are finished for the season
  • Remaining quality is fair at best

Green Beans

Prices are up. Previous cold weather is delaying the harvesting transition and resulting in low plant yields. Ready-Set-Serve Trimmed Green Beans are available.

  • Florida production is light
    • The Central and Eastern regions are finishing up
    • Northern Florida has low acreage
    • Quality is average with no major issues reported
    • The Georgia season is behind schedule due to previous cold weather and replanting; expect production to start May 15
  • Mexican stocks are limited as some growers on the mainland have finished the season
  • The California season will start in mid-May; low volume is forecast at first due to cold weather
  • Expect elevated markets over the next two weeks

Onions

The Northwest storage onion season will end this week. New crop onions are readily available out of California’s Imperial Valley. Texas-grown supplies are sufficient.

Northwest

  • Red and white onion stocks have been depleted; limited supplies of yellow onions are available, but will be depleted this week
  • Internal defects such as translucency, as well as dry and watery scale, will be present

California

  • MFC Onions will be shipped out of the Imperial Valley through the first week of June
  • Once the Imperial Valley season wraps up, onions will transition up to the San Joaquin Valley

Texas

  • Texas-grown MFC Onions will be available through the end of this week, with limited supply next week
  • Next week will be the final week of the Texas onion season

New Mexico

  • The season for MFC Onions is on track to open in early June
  • New Mexico onions will be shipped into late August

Pears

MFC Washington D’Anjou Pears will be available through late July.

Washington

  • Quality is excellent in remaining storage supplies
  • Stocks are dominated by 90- and 100-count sizes
  • 110-count and smaller pears are limited

California

  • The new crop California Bartlett season will begin in early July
  • Growers pack and sell by the count as opposed to the volume-fill method used in Washington
    • California suppliers ship 40-pound packs; Washington growers use 44-pound cartons
    • Due to this pack difference, California ships approximately 6 to 10 fewer pieces of fruit per unit compared to Washington
    • The attached photos show Washington and California pear packs

2022-2023 Washington New Crop

  • The Bartlett season is forecast to begin in mid-August
  • D’Anjou production will start in early September

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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