This pungent vegetable finds its way into most consumers’ carts. In fact, it was the second most-popular vegetable in Fresh Trends 2013. Onions moved up from the No. 3 vegetable spot last year and were the fourth most-popular commodity overall in this year’s survey. The likelihood of purchase slid one percentage point from last year.
Mack Farms Inc. is increasing its Florida potato and watermelon acreage and expanding into other items by purchasing a large south Florida operation.
The Georgia agriculture department and Bland Farms LLC are set to argue a case regarding the start date for Vidalia onions before the Georgia Court of Appeals in January.
In its third generation of growing and shipping produce from the Vidalia, Ga. region, the Stanley family has apparently sold its operations to entities owned by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
Dan Symms, an executive at Caldwell, Idaho-based fruit grower-shipper Symms Fruit Ranch, died Oct. 7 of cancer. He was 52.
While onion growers in much of the West are dealing with droughts and legally mandated water limits, their colleagues in the Pacific Northwest are facing no such problems.More Packer Stories for Onions
Market Scope - Onions, green — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 27
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AND MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND SAN LUIS, ARIZ. — Crossings (MX 35-49-59, shipments CA 3-4-4) — Movement expected about the same. Trading moderate. Prices leeks generally unchanged, Iceless slightly lower, others lower. Cartons bunched 48s medium mostly $14.35-15, small mostly $10.45-13, large mostly $16.35-16.61; iceless 2 film bags, 24 bunches per bag and 4 film bags, 12 bunches per bag mostly $15.45-16.85; leeks 12s mostly $12.35-15. Quality variable.
LEXINGTON DISTRICT, S.C. — Shipments (X-X-X) — Movement expected to increase. Trading moderate. Prices Oct. 28, compared to Oct. 21, N/A. Cartons/crates bunched 48s supply insufficient to quote. Quality good.