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.
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Market Scope - Onions, dry — F.o.b.s as of Sept. 15
U.S. — Shipments (including imports, 752*-733*-865) — The top shipping areas for the week, in order, were Idaho and Malheur County, Ore.; Columbia Basin, Wash.; Colorado; Peru and San Joaquin Valley, Calif. *revised.
IDAHO AND MALHEUR COUNTY, ORE. — Shipments (157-204-286) — Movement expected increase seasonally. Trading moderate. Prices red medium and white types generally unchanged, others slightly lower. Yellow spanish hybrid U.S. 1 50-pound sack supercolossal mostly $11-12, colossal $8-9, jumbo $7-7.50, medium mostly $5; white 50-pound sacks jumbo $12-13, medium mostly $10; red globe-type U.S. 1 25-pound sacks jumbo mostly $8, medium $6-7.
COLUMBIA BASIN, WASH., AND UMATILLA BASIN, ORE. — Shipments (220-245-279, includes export of 42-34-54) — Movement expected to remain about the same. Trading moderate. Prices generally unchanged. Yellow hybrid-type 50-pound sacks jumbo mostly $6.50-7, medium mostly $5; white 50-pound sacks jumbo $12-13, medium $10; red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $7, medium mostly $5.
NORTH AND EAST POINTS, COLO. — Shipments (27-34-45) — Movement expected to increase as more shippers start selling onions. Trading moderate. Unofficial prices for Sept. 15, yellow hybrid 50-pound sacks supercolossal $14-15, colossal $12-13, jumbo $10-11, medium $9-9.50; red globe-type 25-pound sacks jumbo $10-11, medium $9-10.
PERU IMPORTS (REPACKED AT VARIOUS EAST COAST SHIPPING POINTS) — Shipments (9-21-41) — Movement expected to increase as more loads of onions arrive at U.S. ports. Trading fairly slow. Prices slightly lower. Yellow granex marked sweet 40-pound cartons jumbo mostly $21-22.
SAN JOAQUIN VALLEY, CALIF. — Shipments (116-71-39) — Movement expected to decrease as shipments now generally complete for the season. Remaining supplies in too few hands to establish a market.
NEW YORK — Shipments (0-6-26) — Movement expected to increase as harvesting increases. Prices yellow globe-type 50-pound sacks medium 2¼-inch minimum $10-12. Quality good.
MICHIGAN — Shipments (13-17-17) — Movement expected to increase as harvesting increases. Prices unchanged. Yellow globe-type master container 16 3-pound mesh sacks medium $11.50-13, repacker size $10.50-11. Quality variable.
SOUTHERN NEW MEXICO — Shipments (92-25-16) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Remaining supplies in too few hands to establish a market.
CENTRAL WISCONSIN — Shipments (5-5-9) — Movement expected to increase as more growers begin harvest. Trading fairly active. Prices generally unchanged. Yellow globe-type U.S. 1 50-pound sacks medium mostly $7-9.
MEXICAN CROSSINGS THROUGH SOUTH TEXAS — Crossings (8-8-4) — Movement expected to decrease seasonally. Remaining supplies in too few hands to establish a market.
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