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.
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.
J&R Baker Produce Inc. will market its own vegetables for the first time.More Packer Stories for Corn
Market Scope - Corn — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 20
SOUTH GEORGIA — Shipments (0-44-85) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers begin harvesting the week of Oct. 20. Trading early active, late moderate. Prices bicolor lower, others unchanged. Wirebound crates 4 dozen yellow $8.95-9.95, white $8.95, bicolor $8.95.
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (32-40-23) — Movement expected to decrease sharply as most shippers are finished for the season. Supplies insufficient and in too few hands to establish a market. Quality generally good. Lighter shipments were expected to continue through Oct. 25. LAST REPORT.