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.
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Market Scope - Onions, dry — F.o.b.s as of Aug. 18
U.S. — Shipments (including imports, 701*-695*-708) — The top shipping areas for the week, in order, were New Mexico; San Joaquin Valley, Calif.; Columbia Basin, Wash.; Colorado and Georgia. *revised.
SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO — Shipments (313-243-213) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading moderate. Prices red globe-type generally unchanged, others slightly lower. Yellow grano 50-pound sacks supercolossal $13-15, colossal mostly $12-13, jumbo mostly $11-12, medium $8-9, repacker size mostly $7. White 50-pound sacks jumbo $14-15, medium $12-13. Red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $11-12, medium mostly $9.
COLUMBIA BASIN, WASH., AND UMATILLA BASIN, ORE. — Shipments (97-149-204, includes export of 17-23-30) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading fairly active. Prices yellow slightly lower, others slightly higher. Yellow hybrid-type 50-pound sacks jumbo mostly $8-8.50, medium mostly $7; white 50-pound sacks jumbo mostly $12, medium $10; red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $9-10, medium $7-8.
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (200-209-201) — Movement expected to decrease slightly. Trading fairly slow. Price slightly lower. Yellow hybrid 50-pound sacks supercolossal supplies insufficient to quote, colossal $11-12, jumbo $8-9, medium mostly $6. red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $9-10, medium $7-8.
NORTH AND EAST POINTS, COLO. — Shipments (1-18-29) — Movement was expected to increase as more growers expected to start harvest the week of Aug. 18. Trading fairly active. Unofficial prices for Aug. 18, yellow hybrid 50-pound sacks supercolossal $15, colossal $13, jumbo $11-12, medium $9.50-10; yellow hybrid marked sweet 40-pound cartons jumbo $13-14; red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $12, medium $10.
VIDALIA DISTRICT, GA. — Shipments (42-40-26) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Remaining supplies in too few hands to establish a market.
WALLA WALLA DISTRICT, WASH. — Shipments (19*-20-14, includes export of 2-2-1) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Prices remaining supplies in too few hands to establish a market. *revised.
IDAHO AND MALHUER COUNTY, ORE. — Shipments (0-0-11) — Movement expected to increase as more growers expected to begin harvest of early varieties of onions the week of Aug. 18. Trading moderate. Prices yellow spanish hybrid U.S. 1 50-pound sack supercolossal $12-14, colossal $10-11, jumbo $9, medium mostly $7; red globe-type U.S. 1 25-pound sacks jumbo mostly $9, medium mostly $7.
MEXICAN CROSSINGS THROUGH SOUTH TEXAS — Crossings (29*-17*-9) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Remaining supplies in too few hands to establish a market. *revised.
PERU IMPORTS (REPACKED AT VARIOUS EAST COAST SHIPPING POINTS) — Shipments (0-0-1) — Movement expected to increase as onions are reaching U.S. ports of entry. Light shipments from various East Coast shipping points were expected the week of Aug. 18. First f.o.b. expected by the end of August. FIRST REPORT.
CENTRAL WISCONSIN — Shipments (0-0-0) — Movement expected to increase as more growers begin harvesting. Too few open market sales to establish a market. The first f.o.b. was expected the week of Aug. 25.
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