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WEEKLY UPDATE SUMMARY: Week of September 25, 2023

September 29, 2023


Markets continue to fall as Peruvian imports enter the market and Baja, Mexico moves into peak season. Expect steady prices for the next seven to ten days.


  • Baja, Mexico is North America’s primary growing region
  • Strong winds and flooding caused by Hurricane Hilary did minimal damage to crops; suppliers have worked to cull scarred and bent stalks
  • Size profile has evened; large and standard sizes dominate availability
  • Jumbo and extra-large supplies are increasingly available


  • Volume remains below average due to an early onset of El Nino weather pattern but supplies through September have been plentiful
  • Growing regions in Southern Peru are seeing good quality and high yields
  • FOB pricing out of Miami is comparable to Mexican product crossing at the southern border


Blueberry supplies are extremely limited; the domestic season has ended and imported shipments have been delayed. Expect elevated markets and scarce supplies for the next four weeks.

  • The Pacific Northwest and Michigan seasons have ended
  • Peruvian import shipments are delayed due to quality problems
  • Mexican production is off to a slow start; rains have delayed harvests
  • Demand far exceeds supply; the industry will remain in a production gap for the next three to four weeks
  • Expect high markets and pro-rated orders for the next four weeks


Lime markets are elevated and continue to climb; premium grades are limited. Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Limes are available.

  • Mexican lime supplies are snug in the Veracruz region due to reduced quality and extra grading
    • Past inclement weather is causing some fruit to fall from trees prematurely
    • Oil spotting, stylar end breakdown, and yellowing are the main concerns
  • 110- to 150-count sizes are extremely limited
  • Expect even higher prices through October

Stone Fruit

The California stone fruit season will end this week.


  • The California season has come to an end early due to prior rains from Hurricane Hilary
  • The Chilean peach and nectarine season begins in mid-January


  • Supplies are tight; coverage is on a day-by-day basis
  • The California season will run through the first week of October
  • The Chilean plum season begins in mid-January

Sweet Baby Broccoli

Industry wide quality challenges have reduced available supplies of Baby Broccoli. Markon First Crop (MFC) and Ready-Set-Serve (RSS) Sweet Baby Broccoli is available.

  • Higher than average humidity has contributed to higher levels of bottom rot and brown bead, reducing yields at the field level
  • Lower nighttime temperatures and shorter days will keep yields lighter than for the next two to three weeks
  • Expect elevated prices on the open market and limited supplies industry wide as shippers look to hold customers to 6-week averages
  • Supplies are set to increase again as newer plantings come online in mid-October

Please contact your Markon customer service representative for more information.

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