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Bell pepper supplies scarce with weather disruptions

bell peppers

Markon Cooperative BB #:123315 released this bell pepper crop update December 22, 2023:

Red bell pepper supplies are extremely scarce; prices have escalated. Green bell volume is lower; the California season is ending, and Florida fields have been affected by storms.

Red Bells

  • Markon First Crop (MFC) and Markon Essentials (ESS) Red Bell Peppers are extremely limited; packer label is being substituted as needed
  • The California desert region continues to experience cold (mid-60 F), wet weather which is delaying the ripening process
  • Many growers are packing every second day so color has time to deepen
  • Quality is average; coloring is the main concern
  • Mexican production is expected to start in a limited manner next week
  • Past hurricanes have delayed growers in the state of Sinaloa by two weeks
  • Peak volume isn’t expected until January 6
  • Expect elevated markets over the next two weeks
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Green Bells

  • MFC and ESS Green Bell Peppers are available
  • The California desert season is ending this week for most growers
  • Mexican production is steady
  • Quality is excellent
  • All sizes are available
  • Florida supplies are snug as it rebounds from severe storms last weekend and recent low temperatures
  • Quality is good
  • Choice grades are the most prevalent
  • Expect slightly higher markets next week