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For a more recent update on the lemon supply situation, see here.

The California f.o.b. lemon market soared well over $50 per carton on some packs of California lemons on July 24, and tight conditions are expected to persist for weeks.

Terminal market prices for California lemons were as high as $70 per carton, said Bill Sunderland, sales representative for Los Angeles-based Coast Citrus. 

With only limited production out of Ventura County, Pro*Act reported in its July 23 outlook report that Southern California lemon growers used the “Act of God” clause in their supply commitments because of the damage caused by the heat. 

Sunderland said the lemon market will continue strong for the summer season, with most imports supplied in the next few months by Chile.