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.
Onion shippers are prepared to pack in a variety of sizes and styles. In fact, some shippers have said that despite some trends, standard sizes have gone out the window.
When smartphones evolved to the point where they could scan quick response codes, many produce companies were among early adopters of the two dimensional codes. Now, four years into the trend, some in the industry are abandoning the black and white squares.
Grower-shippers in Eastern Oregon and Idaho’s Treasure Valley expect strong demand for high-quality onions at the beginning of the season.
Surveys and sales numbers show demand for locally grown produce continues to increase, but regional and seasonal factors cannot be denied.
Colorado potato plantings are up about 8% this year, to 54,200 acres, as worries about water availability in the San Luis Valley, where the bulk of the state’s crop is grown, were wiped away by a big snowpack.More Packer Stories for Onions
Market Scope - Onions, dry — F.o.b.s as of Aug. 4
U.S. — Shipments (including imports, 781-779*-700) — The top shipping areas for the week, in order, were New Mexico; San Joaquin Valley, Calif.; Columbia Basin, Wash.; Georgia and Walla Walla, Wash. *revised.
SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO — Shipments (362-361-313) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading moderate. Prices yellow supercolossal, red jumbo and whites generally unchanged, others lower. Yellow grano 50-pound sacks supercolossal mostly $16, colossal mostly $14, jumbo mostly $12, medium $8-9, repacker size $7-8. White 50-pound sacks jumbo mostly $14, medium mostly $12. Red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $12, medium mostly $10.
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (246-254-200) — Movement expected to decrease slightly. Trading moderate. Price yellow medium slightly, others generally unchanged. Yellow hybrid 50-pound sacks supercolossal $13-14, colossal $12-13, jumbo mostly $10-11, medium mostly $7-8. Red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $9-10, medium $7-8.
COLUMBIA BASIN, WASH., AND UMATILLA BASIN, ORE. (2014) — Shipments (30-48-97, includes export of 7-10-17) — Movement expected to increase as mores growers start to harvest onions. Trading moderate. Prices yellow hybrid-type 50-pound sacks jumbo mostly $9, medium $7-8; white 50-pound sacks jumbo $12-14, medium $11-12; red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo mostly $9-10, medium $7-8.
VIDALIA DISTRICT, GA. — Shipments (70-60-42) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading active. Prices higher. Yellow granex marked sweet 40-pound cartons U.S. 1 jumbo $20-22.
WALLA WALLA DISTRICT, WASH. — Shipments (20-16-20, includes export of 3-2-2) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Trading fairly slow. Prices remaining supplies in too few hands to establish a market.
MEXICAN CROSSINGS THROUGH SOUTH TEXAS — Crossings (18-16-15) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Remaining supplies in too few hands to establish a market. *revised.
NORTH AND EAST POINTS, COLO. — (0-0-1) — Movement to increase as harvest was expected to start the week of Aug. 4. Unofficial prices for Aug. 4, yellow hybrid 50-pound sacks supercolossal $17, colossal $15, jumbo $14, medium $12; yellow hybrid marked sweet 40-pound cartons $15; red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $13, medium $10. FIRST REPORT.
IDAHO AND MALHEUR COUNTY, ORE. — Some growers expected to start harvesting onions the week of Aug. 4 . A price report is not expected until the latter part of August. FIRST REPORT.
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