Shippers look forward to brisk movement - The Packer

Shippers look forward to brisk movement

03/03/2014 12:26:00 PM
Andy Nelson

Texas is running a week to 10 days late, but so is Vidalia, he said. The two should cancel each other out.

The one possible hiccup, Bland said, could be early in the deal, when Texas overlaps with Mexico.

“We’re a little concerned about when Mexico really kicks off,” he said. “There’s always overlap, but this year there could be more than we’d like.”

The Texas sweet onion crop has been delayed by cold weather by about a couple of weeks, said Michael Davis, co-owner of Tex-Mex Sales LLC, Weslaco, Texas.

But it’s far from alone.

“As cold as we’ve been, it’s worse in Vidalia,” Davis said.

“We think we’ll have a good marketing window in April. There’s lot of interest in them. I think retailers would love to know when they can start Texas.”

The weather also could proved to be a boon to Texas growers on the front end of the deal, Davis said.

“It gives the Northwest a few extra weeks to market their product.”

Davis also expects a smooth transition from Mexico to Texas this season.

“The Mexican market is very good. I think movement will be very orderly.”

The 1015 remains a strong draw for U.S. retailers, Davis said.

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