UPDATE SUMMARY: WEEK OF NOVEMBER 19, 2021

November 19, 2021

UPDATE SUMMARY: WEEK OF NOVEMBER 19, 2021

Bell Peppers

Green Bells

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Green Bell Peppers are available
  • California’s Coachella crops are in full production and expected to wind down by the end of November
    • All sizes are available
    • Quality is good
  • Mainland Mexico has limited quantities crossing through Nogales, Arizona this week; expect volume to increase by late November
  • Georgia has experienced cool evenings which has slowed production
  • South Florida production is also well underway with sufficient yields
    • Quality is good with some lots showing signs of bruising
    • Plant City, Florida is expected to start at the end of November
  • Prices are expected to remain steady until Mexican supplies (into Nogales) increase

Red Bells

  • MFC and ESS Red Bell Peppers are available
  • California’s Imperial Desert region is shipping adequate supplies and will run until mid-December
    • Small sizes are most prevalent
    • Quality is good
  • Sonora, Mexico is expected to start harvesting by mid-December barring any severe weather
  • The East Coast produces a limited quantity of colored peppers
  • Markets are expected to remain steady

Broccoli and Cauliflower

  • MFC Broccoli and ESS Cauliflower will be limited over the next two weeks; packer label will be substituted to fill orders
  • Supplies are expected to remain tight over the next two weeks
  • Cool weather has slowed growth over the last few weeks in the Salinas and Santa Maria growing region, resulting in fewer available supplies
  • The Arizona/California desert season’s start is delayed, leading to overall lower industry supplies
  • Mexican-grown broccoli volume (loading out of South Texas) has been reduced by heavy rains in the primary growing region
  • Expect elevated markets through the next two weeks

Green Leaf, Iceberg, and Romaine

  • MFC Premium Iceberg is sporadic due to low weights; Markon Best Available is being substituted as needed
  • MFC Premium Green Leaf and Romaine are available
  • Arizona/California desert production continues to ramp up; supplies have significantly increased from prior weeks
  • Demand has been elevated for the Thanksgiving holiday but is subsiding this week, further pushing down prices
  • Overall quality is very good: mildew pressure and fringe burn is present in some lots
  • Expect markets to continue easing as desert production increases

Limes

  • MFC and ESS Limes are available
  • Lower winter crop yields are expected due to quality issues
  • Quality will be a concern for the next three weeks
  • Styler, skin breakdown, and light color are being reported
  • Additional grading is required
  • The size profile will shift to smaller fruit as growers begin to harvest the winter crop; size is dominated by 150- and 175- count limes
  • Current demand is rising and will increase leading up to Thanksgiving
  • Expected elevated markets through November

Onions

  • Idaho, Oregon, and Washington experienced record high temperatures in late June through mid-July
    • The heat, and smoke from fires, dramatically slowed maturity, resulting in smaller size and reduced yields; onions were in the latter stages of the growth process during the heatwave
    • Medium-size onions dominate availability, causing a price gap of $7.00 to $9.00 between medium and jumbo sizes
  • Supply levels have fallen from 20% to 50%, depending on growing area
    • Markets are elevated; grower returns are extremely high this year, enticing suppliers to run more stocks than normal
    • Several sheds are concerned about long-term storage quality, adding motivation to pack now and avoid issues later in the year
  • In efforts to counter decreased stocks, suppliers are looking for alternatives to extend volume into late April/early May
    • Many growers have been purchasing additional raw product to store and ship later
    • Growers are monitoring weekly purchases and only selling to regular customers
    • Through October 31, 2021 shipments (truck loads) are down approximately 24% from the same time in 2020
  • Markon is currently in discussions with our Texas and California partners
    • Mexican onions normally begin to cross into Texas in February
    • Texas suppliers will start importing Mexican onions to fill the Northwest shortage
    • The Texas domestic season starts in March, but could start earlier in February
    • California ordinarily begins by late April but could potentially begin in early April to mitigate the supply shortage created by the Northwest season’s early end

Strawberries

Santa Maria, California

  • Quality remains a challenge; crews are culling up to 50% of fruit to keep packs as clean as possible
  • Production is down 65-70% in some fields
  • Decay is a quality problem following recent California rain events
  • Supplies will remain extremely limited for the next three weeks
  • Plastic clamshells will be substituted for the corrugated packs

Oxnard, California

  • Volume remains limited; harvesting has been impeded by rain over the past few weeks
  • Production is expected to increase over the next two weeks

Central Mexico

  • The season has begun; volume is beginning to increase following inclement weather
  • Size is small (approximately 32+ berries per 1-pound clamshell)
  • Limited quantities have begun to cross into McAllen, Texas; volume will increase in late November/early December as size improves

 Florida

  • Harvesting has begun in a very limited way; fruit will hit the market in the next two weeks
  • Orders for MFC Strawberries are estimated to begin shipping the week of December 6

Tomatoes 

  • MFC Tomatoes are available
  • The California tomato season has come to an end; any remaining lots are average quality at best
  • The Florida growing region of Ruskin/Palmetto is well underway; mature green volume is increasing
    • Quality is very good
    • All sizes are available
    • The Florida Roma tomato winter season typically has lower volume than the spring crop; quality is good
    • Grape tomatoes are in full production with high yields and excellent quality
    • Cherry tomato volume is low, but steady
  • Mexican vine ripe and Roma stocks are shipping from multiple regions including Eastern/Central Mexico, Jalisco, and the Baja Peninsula
    • Quality is good
    • All sizes are available
    • Grape tomatoes are in full production in the Baja region
    • Cherry tomato supplies will continue to struggle during the winter season; limited acreage was planted
    • The Culiacan region experienced hurricanes earlier this fall and many crops were replanted; some winter fruit might be delayed until January
  • Expect round tomato prices to decrease over the next two to three weeks; Roma tomato markets are expected to remain steady

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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