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.
Mack Farms Inc. is increasing its Florida potato and watermelon acreage and expanding into other items by purchasing a large south Florida operation.
The Georgia agriculture department and Bland Farms LLC are set to argue a case regarding the start date for Vidalia onions before the Georgia Court of Appeals in January.
In its third generation of growing and shipping produce from the Vidalia, Ga. region, the Stanley family has apparently sold its operations to entities owned by Microsoft founder Bill Gates.
Dan Symms, an executive at Caldwell, Idaho-based fruit grower-shipper Symms Fruit Ranch, died Oct. 7 of cancer. He was 52.
While onion growers in much of the West are dealing with droughts and legally mandated water limits, their colleagues in the Pacific Northwest are facing no such problems.More Packer Stories for Onions
Market Scope - Onions, dry — F.o.b.s as of Oct. 20
U.S. — Shipments (including imports, 870-906-898) — The top shipping areas for the week, in order, were Idaho and Malheur County, Ore.; Columbia Basin, Wash.; New York; California and Peru.
IDAHO AND MALHEUR COUNTY, ORE. — Shipments (315-298-317) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices yellow supercolossal and colossal lower, others generally unchanged. Yellow spanish hybrid U.S. 1 50-pound sack supercolossal $8-9, colossal mostly $7, jumbo mostly $6, medium $4-5; white 50-pound sacks jumbo $12, medium $10; red globe-type U.S. 1 25-pound sacks jumbo mostly $7-7.50, medium mostly $6.
COLUMBIA BASIN, WASH., AND UMATILLA BASIN, ORE. — Shipments (299-342-314, includes export of 71-91-70) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly slow. Prices generally unchanged. Yellow hybrid-type 50-pound sacks colossal mostly $7-7.50, jumbo $5.50-6, medium mostly $4-4.50; white 50-pound sacks jumbo $10-12, medium $8-10; red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $5.50-6, medium $4-5.
NEW YORK — Shipments (54-47-69) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Prices 2-inch minimum lower, others unchanged. Yellow globe-type 50-pound sacks jumbo mostly $8-9, medium 2¼-inch minimum $7-8, 2-inch minimum $6-8. Quality good.
SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA DISTRICT — Shipments (52-52-44) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Supplies in too few hands to establish a market.
PERU IMPORTS (REPACKED AT VARIOUS EAST COAST SHIPPING POINTS) — Shipments (43-49-43) — Movement expected to increase seasonally. Trading fairly slow. Prices slightly lower. Yellow granex marked sweet 40-pound cartons jumbo mostly $17-19.
NORTH AND EAST POINTS, COLO. — Shipments (31-34-41) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading fairly slow. Unofficial prices for Oct. 20, yellow hybrid 50-pound sacks supercolossal $12-13, colossal $10-12, jumbo $8-9.50, medium $6-8.50; white 50-pound sack jumbo $12-14, medium $11-12; red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $9, medium $7.50-8.
MICHIGAN — Shipments (16-19-20) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Prices lower. Yellow globe-type master container 16 3-pound mesh sacks medium $8-9, repacker size $6-7. Quality mostly good.
CENTRAL WISCONSIN — Shipments (16-15-13) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices 50-pound sack medium lower, others generally unchanged. Yellow globe-type U.S. 1 50-pound sacks medium mostly $8, master container 16 3-pound mesh sacks medium mostly $9.50-10.