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Cooler nights could ease California cilantro production

Cilantro continues to be in high production in the United States, particularly in California, which has been seeing sustained mild Winter temperatures in recent weeks. Overall production is strong, however some growing regions in California are expected to see a slight drop in temperatures this week, which should ease the current productions levels.

"Our cilantro growing region is centered in Ventura county," said Charles Muranaka, of Muranaka Farms, Inc. "Weather conditions have been very steady overall this season. The Winter has been calm, with no great shifts in temperature. As a result, we have seen very strong, abundant production. Despite the night time temps remaining quite cool in the low 50s, production remains very strong. This week, however, we will see a slight drop in nightly temperatures down into the 40s. More nights like this should ease production off a little."

Abundant supply keeps market weak
With steady cilantro supply coming out of all regions, the market remains weak. Along with the plentiful supply, demand is either flat or low. With colder weather continuing along the East Coast, combined with a seasonal lower demand, prices are expected to remain flat for the short term. 

"With more production than demand right now, the market remains poor," Muranaka said. "The colder weather has not impacted any of the growing regions for Cilantro, so there have not been any regional opportunities to assist with shortages."

Suppliers are hoping that the cooler weather and subsequent ease in production will see prices improve. "Quality of the product remains very strong, however," Muranaka added. "We need more cooler nights in a row without these erratic warm up trends to see an upward shift in the market."

For more information:
Charles Muranaka
Muranaka Farm, Inc.
Tel: +1 (805) 529-0201

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