2017 California Valencia Orange Crop is One of the Lowest Yielding on Record

June 13, 2017
Markon First Crop and Markon Essentials Valencia Oranges are sporadic; packer label supplies are being substituted as needed. The 2017 California Valencia crop is one of the lowest yielding on record. Availability will be extremely limited this summer; prices will be higher than normal. Small sizes (113- and 138-count fruit) are dominating the start of the season; larger sizes (56- and 72-count fruit) are extremely tight.
  • This summer’s crop is 25-35% below last year’s levels, one of the smallest on record
  • Current size structure is favoring small fruit, especially 113- and 138-count sizes
  • Overall quality is good, but re-greening is a common issue during the summer months
    • Warm temperatures cause a pigment called chlorophyll to return to the skin
    • This occurrence causes a greenish tint on the outer skin, which is a characteristic to the Valencia variety
    • Quality and taste are not affected by re-greening
  • Most suppliers will have a very short Valencia season; offshore oranges from Australia, Chile, South Africa, and Uruguay will be necessary to meet summer and fall demand
  • Markon will offer substitutions such as alternative pack sizes, offshore fruit, or other items such as apples and grapes