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California Onion Shipments Coming Out of Desert before Moving North

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Following a start of loadings in mid-April, California’s onion shipments, which started in the Brawley area, will begin a gradual shift to more northern areas in June.

Gills Onions of Oxnard, CA launched it harvest April 15 in Brawley. The company’s largest growing region at Bakersfield has just started and will run into early September.

Coastline Family Farms of Salinas, CA has completed its Oregon onion season and has been shipping out of Brawley since early May. The company has controlled temperature storage, which can be important if the Imperial Valley heats sets in. Coastline ships primarily red and yellow onions.

JBJ Distributing Inc. of Fullerton, CA grows and ships onions from the Imperial Valley until mid-June before moving to Firebaugh for a month or two.

Supplies should be plentiful for retailers since the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic shut down much of the foodservice business.

Onions Etc. of Stockton, CA starts onion shipments start later than most, June 15 – 25, since it is mainly in Northern California.

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Strong Shipments are Expected this Season for California Onions

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California onion shipments have shifted from the California desert areas and are now coming in good volume out the San Joaquin Valley.

Domestic volume most of this year has been well below normal, but loadings now appear to be back to normal as weather has been favorable for California crops.

Gills Onions LLC of Oxnard, CA finished shipments of its Brawley, CA onions in mid-May and has transitioned to the Bakersfield area, where its loadings will continue through August.

In September, the company’s storage onion shipments will move to the King City area, where the company’s onion loadings should continue until March or April.

Volume at Gills Onions should be up this season compared to a year ago due to some new packinghouse packing equipment.

Telesis Onion Co. of Five Points, CA will be shipping red, white, yellow and sweet onions until the end of August, with volume expected to be similar to last year.

Peri & Sons Farms of Yerington, NV concluded its Imperial Valley onions shipments in California in late May and has transitioned northward to the San Joaquin Valley.

The company is growing, packing and shipping mostly yellow and sweet onions in the San Joaquin Valley, but also will offer some white and red varieties from that region. When valley shipments taper off in late August, the company will transition to its Yerington headquarters. Overall volume should be similar to last year.

JBJ Distributing Inc./Veg’Land Inc, will start shipping white, yellow and red onions from its grower in Hollister, CA, after the 4th of July and continue from that location through October . The company handles organic onions exclusively.

JBJ was importing onions from Mexico during the winter and spring, and transitioned to Arvin, CA., before launching its Hollister season.

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Melon Shipments Shifting to Western States, Mexico; California Onion Loadings are Near

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DSCN7174As imports of melons from Central America begin to wind down, domestic loadings will become available from California and Arizona, as well as with melons crossing the border from Mexico.

Cantaloupe. honeydew and watermelon shipments from Arizona and Mexico are expected to start earlier than normal this year as imports from Guatemalan and Honduran come to a close in early May.

Various melons from California’s Imperial Valley should start shipping in late April and hit peak volume in May, perhaps its earliest start ever.  This will be closely followed by melon shipments originating around May 10-15 from Yuma and Maricopa, Az.  From there cantaloupe and honeydew loadings will start from California’s Westside district in the San Joaquin Valley around the 4th of July.

California Onion Shipments

California onion shipments from the Imperial Valley should get underway in mid April, lasting about five to six weeks.  Normal acreage  in the 10,000-acre range is being reported.  The Imperial Valley should have onions through May, when the harvest shifts to the San Joaquin Valley.  The central valley  had less acreage last year, primarily to the California drought.

Southern California citrus and avocado shipments – grossing about $3700 to Chicago.


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