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.
Following weather-related gaps, buyers should expect lighter supplies to bring higher prices for Florida sweet corn and green beans.
Mack Farms Inc. is increasing its Florida potato and watermelon acreage and expanding into other items by purchasing a large south Florida operation.
GloriAnn Farms and Majesty branded sweet corn — including pink ribbon packs supporting their “Corn for the Cause” promotion this month to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation — will be displayed by the grower-shipper at the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit.
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.More Packer Stories for Corn
Market Scope - Corn — F.o.b.s as of Nov. 17
ALL FLORIDA DISTRICTS — Shipments (2-10-48) — Movement expected to increase. Trading very active. Includes palletizing and cooling. Wirebound crates 4-4½ dozen yellow $14.95, bicolor $14.95. Quality generally good.
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (80-75-23) — Movement expected to decrease shippers are finished harvesting for the season. Current supplies insufficient to establish market. LAST REPORT.
IMPERIAL VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (4-0-14) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading active. Unofficial prices cartons 4 dozen minimum white $20.95-24.95. Quality generally good. Prices from trade sources. No f.o.b. report expected to be issued due to supplies in few hands.
MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH NOGALES, ARIZ. — Crossings (5-6-12) — Movement expected to increase as harvest begins. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market. Quality variable. The first f.o.b. report was expected to be issued the week of Nov. 24.