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October 18, 2022

Tomato volume is critically low due to a combination of transitioning growing areas and severe weather in multiple growing regions over the past month. Shortages and average quality are inevitable between November and January.

  • Markon First Crop Tomatoes are extremely limited; packer label may be substituted over the next two months
  • The North Carolina/Tennessee growing season has ended due to brisk autumn weather
  • The South Georgia and Northern Florida growing seasons have begun; however, supplies are limited this week due to cooler evening temperatures
  • Florida’s central and southern regions will struggle meeting supply needs through November and December due to Hurricane Ian
    • Growers still plan to harvest both round and Romas, but expectations are for fair quality, scarring, and a small size profile
    • Grape/cherry tomatoes are also heavily impacted; however, replants will be available by mid- to late December
  • The California tomato season is wrapping up this week due to past heatwaves that accelerated crop maturity and decreased quality
  • Mexico’s Baja Peninsula has limited supplies of Roma, round, and grape tomatoes due to the September monsoon season
  • Western Mexico (the Sinaloa region) expects a salvage crop (from Hurricane Orlene) in late November/December; normal/full replanted crops are expected to rebound the first week of January 2023
  • Eastern Mexico’s cherry, grape, round, and Roma supplies are tight this week due to rain and cooler temperatures
  • Expect growers/repack houses to enact Act of God clauses over the next 8-10 weeks; prices will escalate dramatically

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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