Drama in onion deal - The Packer

Drama in onion deal

11/08/2013 10:15:00 AM
Andy Nelson

In addition to strong Latin American demand, states like Washington were shipping a lot of onions to the Pacific Rim.

But it wasn’t just people in other countries clamoring for U.S. storage onions.

“The domestic business is just as good,” Holmes said. “And we’re dealing with less supply. Business is really good, and movement is really good.”

Demand for sweet onions also is strong right now. Importers told me they wish they had more Peruvian sweets to keep up with demand.

Mexico could provide some relief when growers start shipping sweets in January, but the 2014 Texas sweet crop that follows on Mexico’s heels could be down because of scarce water supplies and, Holmes said, because more Texas growers are switching from onions to higher-margin cotton.

“Between Mother Nature and Big Cotton, those poor little onions don’t stand a chance.”

OK, that’s my quote. “Little House on the Prairie,” I guess.

anelson@thepacker.com

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