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.
Georgia’s agriculture commissioner exceeded his authority when he changed the start date for Vidalia onions and he is prohibited from enforcing his packing date rule, even though the case is on appeal, according to a Fulton County Georgia judge.
Vidalia onion growers are waiting, as they do every winter, but this year they aren’t just waiting to see how their seedlings will weather the cold. They are waiting for the Georgia Appeals Court to decide when they will be able to begin shipping the 2015 crop.
SAVANNAH, Ga. — The Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference, featuring seminars on the Affordable Care Act and food safety, attracted a record number of attendees.
(UPDATED COVERAGE 2:12 p.m.) Georgia Agriculture Commissioner Gary Black is set to face off with Vidalia onion grower Delbert Bland in the state’s Court of Appeals on Jan. 14 as their attorneys present oral arguments on whether the commissioner can change when the state’s trademarked onions can be packed and shipped.
SAVANNAH, Ga. — On Jan. 10, the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Growers Association elected and re-elected officers at the group’s 2015 Southeast Regional Fruit and Vegetable Conference.More Packer Stories for Onions
Market Scope - Onions, dry — F.o.b.s as of Jan. 26
U.S. — Shipments (including imports, 976-1,005-939) — The top shipping areas for the week, in order, were Columbia Basin, Wash.; Idaho and Malheur County, Ore.; New York; Peru and Colorado.
IDAHO AND MALHEUR COUNTY, ORE. — Shipments (326-340-312) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices yellow colossal and whites generally unchanged, others lower. Yellow spanish hybrid U.S. 1 50-pound sack supercolossal $6-7, colossal $5-6, jumbo $4-4.50, medium mostly $3-3.50; white 50-pound sacks jumbo mostly $13, medium mostly $11; red globe-type U.S. 1 25-pound sacks jumbo $5.50-6.50, medium mostly $4.50-5.
COLUMBIA BASIN, WASH., AND UMATILLA BASIN, ORE. — Shipments (310-300-291, includes export of 55-50-72) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices yellow jumbo lower, others generally unchanged. Yellow hybrid-type 50-pound sacks colossal $5-6, jumbo $4-4.50, medium mostly $3; white 50-pound sacks jumbo mostly $12, medium mostly $10; red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $4-5, medium $3-4.
NEW YORK — Shipments (82-87-85) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices unchanged. Yellow globe-type 50-pound sacks jumbo $7-8, medium 2¼-inch minimum $5-6, 2-inch minimum $4-5. Red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $6.75-8, medium $5-7. Quality good.
PERU IMPORTS (REPACKED AT VARIOUS EAST COAST SHIPPING POINTS) — Shipments (77-83-73) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged. Yellow granex marked sweet 40-pound cartons jumbo mostly $14-15.
NORTH AND EAST POINTS, COLO. — Shipments (49-48-47) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly slow. Unofficial prices for Jan. 26; yellow hybrid 50-pound sacks supercolossal $10-11, colossal $8-10, jumbo $6.50-8, medium $4.50-7; red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $7.50-8.50, medium $5.50-7.50.
MICHIGAN — Shipments (24-27-23) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices yellow medium slightly lower, others unchanged. Yellow globe-type master container 16 3-pound mesh sacks medium $6-7.50, repacker size $5-6.50. Red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $6-7.50, medium $4-5. Quality mostly good.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT — Shipments (26-29-21) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market.
MEXICAN CROSSINGS THROUGH SOUTH TEXAS — Crossings (4-9-20) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers receive supplies of onions. A price report was expected to be started the week of Jan. 26. Unofficial prices for Jan. 26; yellow grano marked sweet 40-pound cartons jumbo $13-14. FIRST REPORT.
CENTRAL WISCONSIN — Shipments (13-14-11) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices slightly lower. Yellow globe-type U.S. 1 50-pound sacks medium mostly $4.50-6.75, master container 16 3-pound mesh sacks medium mostly $7-7.50.