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.
Kingston Fresh’s south Florida cold storage operation has achieved a high food safety score.
Owyhee Produce will pack onions in sleeve packs.
Higher attendance and new educational session topics are planned for the 2015 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference in Savannah, Ga.
River Point Farms is building a new onion packaging facility.
Owyhee Produce, Nyssa, Ore., has entered a partnership with Locus Traxx Worldwide that will allow its customers to track and monitor load temperature and location.More Packer Stories for Onions
Market Scope - Onions, dry — F.o.b.s as of Dec. 8
U.S. — Shipments (including imports, 917-696*-840) — The top shipping areas for the week, in order, were Idaho and Malheur County, Ore.; Columbia Basin, Wash.; New York; Peru and Colorado. *revised.
IDAHO AND MALHUER COUNTY, ORE. — Shipments (280-211-303) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged. Yellow spanish hybrid U.S. 1 50-pound sack supercolossal mostly $7-8, colossal mostly $6, jumbo mostly $5, medium mostly $4; white 50-pound sacks jumbo $12, medium $10; red globe-type U.S. 1 25-pound sacks jumbo $6.50-7, medium mostly $5.
COLUMBIA BASIN, WASH., AND UMATILLA BASIN, ORE. — Shipments (242-209-250, includes export of 44-39-55) — Movement expected remain about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices whites lower, others generally unchanged. Yellow hybrid-type 50-pound sacks colossal $6-6.50, jumbo $4.50-5, medium $3-4; white 50-pound sacks jumbo mostly $10-11, medium mostly $8.50-9; red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo mostly $5, medium mostly $4.
PERU IMPORTS (REPACKED AT VARIOUS EAST COAST SHIPPING POINTS) — Shipments (85-49-58) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged. Yellow granex marked sweet 40-pound cartons jumbo mostly $14-15.
NEW YORK — Shipments (64-55-55) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices unchanged. Yellow globe-type 50-pound sacks jumbo mostly $8, medium 2¼-inch minimum $6-7, 2-inch minimum $5-6. Red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $7.50-8.50, medium mostly $7. Quality good.
NORTH AND EAST POINTS, COLO. — Shipments (76-51-41) — Movement expected to increase as normal shipping schedules resume. Trading fairly slow. Unofficial prices for Dec. 8, yellow hybrid 50-pound sacks supercolossal $10-11, colossal $8-10, jumbo $7-8.50, medium $5.50-7.50; red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $7.50-8.50, medium $5.50-7.50.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT — Shipments (44-31-29) — Movement expected to increase as normal shipping schedules resume. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market.
MICHIGAN — Shipments (37-20-20) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices unchanged. Yellow globe-type master container 16 3-pound mesh sacks medium $7-8.50, repacker size $6-7.50. Quality mostly good.
CENTRAL WISCONSIN — Shipments (16-16-14) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Yellow globe-type U.S. 1 50-pound sacks medium mostly $6-7, master container 16 3-pound mesh sacks medium mostly $8.50.