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.
Fresh Solutions Network is promoting an approach to potatoes and onions as something more than commodities.
Some onion growers are somewhat relieved by revisions to the proposed produce safety rule from the Food and Drug Administration, which include a provision for field curing to allow microbial die-off in place of forcing growers to meet high standards for irrigation water.
Glennville, Ga.-based Bland Farms LLC is expanding its efforts this year to grade and pack its Peruvian onions close to the fields, said Delbert Bland, the company’s owner.
Successful marketing of Peruvian onions in retail stores is no mystery, said Delbert Bland, owner of Glennville, Ga.-based Bland Farms LLC, which supplies sweet onions to stores year-round.
The century soldiers on as the dominant sweet onion variety in Peru, but other varieties are being developed, marketers say.More Packer Stories for Onions
Market Scope - Onions, green — F.o.b.s as of Sept. 22
CENTRAL CALIFORNIA AND MEXICO CROSSINGS THROUGH SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA AND SAN LUIS, ARIZ. — Crossings (MX 34-39*-31*, shipments CA 3-4-4) — Movement expected to increase slightly from Mexico and remain about the same from California. Trading iceless moderate, others fairly slow. Supplies of leeks moderate, others light. Prices leeks generally unchanged, iceless lower, others much lower. Cartons bunched 48s medium mostly $18.45-20.65, small mostly $14-16.64; iceless 2 film bags, 24 bunches per bag and 4 film bags, 12 bunches per bag mostly $22-25.45; leeks 12s mostly $10-11.95. Quality variable. *revised
CENTRAL COAST, CALIF. — Shipments (5-6-5) — Movement expected about the same. Trading curly fairly active, plain moderate. Prices curly higher, plain generally unchanged. Cartons bunched 60s curly $12.55-14, plain $10.35-12.35. Quality variable.
LEXINGTON DISTRICT, S.C. — Shipments (X-X-X) — Movement expected to increase. Trading moderate. Prices Sept. 23, compared to Sept. 16, not available. Cartons/crates bunched 48s supply insufficient to quote. Quality good.