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.
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.
Colorado potato plantings are up about 8% this year, to 54,200 acres, as worries about water availability in the San Luis Valley, where the bulk of the state’s crop is grown, were wiped away by a big snowpack.
With summer weather finally arriving in many regions, several grower-shippers say they expect mostly high quality and promotable volumes of traditional Labor Day favorites sweet corn, watermelons and berries.More Packer Stories for Corn
Market Scope - Corn — F.o.b.s as of Aug. 18
CENTRAL DISTRICT, CALIF. — Shipments (66-43-54) — Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices white slightly lower, yellow generally unchanged. Cartons 4 dozen minimum white mostly $12.95-13.95, yellow mostly $14.95-15.95. Quality generally good.
NEW YORK — Shipments (32-26-43) — Movement expected to increase slightly. Trading opened fairly active, closed moderate. Prices lower. Wirebound crates 4 dozen minimum yellow mostly $9-10, bicolor $9-10.50. Quality good.
SOUTHWEST INDIANA AND SOUTHEAST ILLINOIS — Shipments (57-34-34) — Movement expected to increase. Trading opened fairly active, closed moderate. Prices slightly lower. Unofficial prices from industry sources cartons/crates 4 dozen minimum bicolor mostly $9.50-10.85. No daily f.o.b. shipping point prices issued as of Aug. 18. Quality mostly good.
MICHIGAN — Shipments (15-29-22) — Movement expected about the same. Trading fairly active. Prices slightly lower. Cartons/crates 4 dozen minimum bicolor $10.45-11.95. Quality good.
EASTERN VIRGINIA — Shipments fairly light — Movement expected to decrease. Trading moderate. Prices lower. Wirebound crates 4 dozen minimum yellow mostly $10.20, white mostly $10.20, bicolor mostly $10.20.