More than half of all shoppers purchased sweet corn in the past year, although the likelihood of purchase fell four percentage points from Fresh Trends 2012. Affluence and age were clear factors in corn purchases. The likelihood of purchase increased according to income for the fifth straight year, and the older a consumer the more likely they were to buy corn.
GloriAnn Farms, Tracy, Calif., plans to offer its third annual National Breast Cancer Foundation promotion — Corn for the Cause — in October.
Georgia grower-shippers are preparing for normal fall seasons of sweet corn and green beans.
J&R Baker Produce Inc. will market its own vegetables for the first time.
Knight Management Inc., a south Florida grower-shipper of sweet corn and green beans, plans to sell its operations to a sugar processing company.
The Florida Fruit & Vegetable Association has promoted a longtime staffer and turned a consultant’s work into a full-time position.More Packer Stories for Corn
Market Scope - Corn — F.o.b.s as of Sept. 15
NEW YORK — Shipments (49-44-36) — Movement expected about the same. Trading slow. Prices lower. Wirebound crates 4 dozen minimum yellow and bicolor mostly $6-8.35. Quality mostly good.
SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (40-24-20) — Movement expected to continue seasonal decline. Trading slow. Prices lower. Unofficial prices from industry sources cartons/crates 4 dozen minimum bicolor $7-8.50. No daily f.o.b. shipping point prices issued as of Sept. 15. Quality variable.
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (85-61-20) — Movement expected to increase slightly. Trading active. Prices higher. Cartons 4 dozen minimum white $20.75-21.95, yellow $22.95. Quality generally good.
MICHIGAN — Shipments (28-23-16) — Movement expected about the same. Trading slow. Prices lower. Cartons/crates 4 dozen minimum bicolor and yellow mostly $6.50-7. Quality mostly good.
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (0-0-0) — No shipments reported. Shippers expect to start harvesting around Sept. 25. No f.o.b. issued as of Sept. 15. FIRST REPORT.
EASTERN VIRGINIA — Shipments light — Movement expected to decrease. Remaining supplies insufficient to establish market. Light shipments were expected to continue through Sept. 22. LAST REPORT.
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