Cindy Elrod at Peri and Sons in Yerington, NV, told OnionBusiness.com that the San Joaquin Valley facility in Firebaugh was packing all colors as of June 9. She said, “With the San Joaquin Valley and New Mexico shipping, there are a few more options and onions available. Pricing is reflecting that on yellows and reds.” Cindy also said quality coming out of Firebaugh is very good, and she said Peri is seeing good retail and wholesale business. The Firebaugh facility will pack through early to mid-September, and Peri will transition to the Nevada deal then. Also, Cindy said organics out of the Imperial Valley are finishing up this week.
Luke Smith of Las Cruces, NM-based National Onion Inc. reported from the company’s Pleasant Grove, UT, office on June 7 that National Onion is currently shipping Chihuahua, MX-grown onions out of Santa Maria, NM. Luke said this year’s crop quality is excellent, noting, “The quality has to do with our grower’s growing practices.” He added that National has a longstanding relationship with the Chihuahua grower. “They grow all transplants with drip irrigation and do an excellent job for us,” he said. Looking at the current market, Luke comment that demand has been stronger for larger onions, and he added, “This is a good thing because this year’s crop sizing is heavy on the larger sizes. We are shipping more jumbos, colossals and super colossals than we have in past years. The market has been very good overall, and while this week it has dipped slightly due to more shippers entering the market, it is starting to evening out. Overall, we can’t complain.”
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