Western Onions Hit by Storm; Avocado Shipments are Growing

Western Onions Hit by Storm; Avocado Shipments are Growing

img_55161A snowfall described by some that only occurs every 25 years hit the major onion shipping area of western Idaho and Malheur County, Oregon on January 8, damaging a number of structures, including some storage sheds.  Transportation has been very difficult due to highways being closed, or are difficult to navigate.

Beside the large amounts of snow that fell over the weekend, rains followed that made the snow even heavier.

Snake River Produce of Nyssa, OR,  lost a storage facility.   Although it didn’t have onions stored there, several trucks reportedly sustained heavy damage.  Three other Nyssa onion operations had  packing and storage buildings collapse.  One company reportedly lost about 4,200 bins of onions.

In Ontario, OR one shed lost about 2,000 bins of onions when the roof gave way.

Haun Packing of Weiser, ID, reported the loss of a storage building collapse.  While the onions had already been moved out there was some equipment inside.

Collapses in the region were reported to be about 20 structures, including four or five packing sheds, with storage buildings comprising the rest.

Facilities costing hundreds of thousands of dollars even before losses of product or equipment are tallied are expected to be very significant.

Avocado Shipments

California used to the place if a produce trucker was hauling avocados.  However, you load avocados now, chances are good the pick up will be occurring in South Texas with imported Mexican avocados.

Mexico provide year-round availability and a consistent, high-quality fruit and is the primary reason for the astronomical growth in popularity in the U.S.

Before Mexico, It used to be avocado availability was inconsistent due to the alternate-bearing nature of crops in both California and Chile.  Supplies would be typically in good supply one year and tight the following season.

However, avocados grown Mexico year after year tend to provide a lot more consistency in supplies and quality.  Buyers for major American retail grocery chains like that.

Additionally, Mexico has four blooms each year and farmers can grow in altitudes ranging from 4,000 feet to 8,000 feet.  This is not the case in Chile or California.

Imported Mexican avocados account for at least 75 percent of the avocados shipped to U.S. markets.

Some California avocado growers, as well as a number of produce brokers and shippers in the U.S. sell more Mexican avocados than their own product grown in California.