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Peruvian Onion Imports Increasing after Slow Start to Season

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A30U.S. imports of Peruvian onions got off to a slow start this season, but quality is good and total production is expected to exceed those of a year ago.

Sweet Onion Trading of Melbourne, FL reports the onion crop is a little late due to colder than normal weather during the growing season.  Still, good quality onions are being reported from all production regions.”

As of August 30th, imports of Peruvian sweet onions were down 215 containers from the previous season at the same time.  It is the lowest shipments since 2014.

Keystone Fruit Marketing of Greencastle, PA notes U.S. imported Peruvian sweet onions are down 28 percent, but are expected to catch up with last season’s imports in time for Thanksgiving.  Keystone Fruit Marketing’s initial imported onions from Peru arrived  the first week of September.  The company experience light volume in September and early October because of cooler temperatures during the growing season.

Volume for Keystone is just now becoming more normal.

G&R Farms of Glennville, GA has reports its Peruvian sweet onion harvest starts in July, with retailers receiving their first product in mid-August. As with Sweet Onion Trading and Keystone Fruit Marketing, G&R Farms believes the slow start will see a rebound as the season progresses.  The harvest lasts into late March or early April.

At Shuman Produce of Reidsville, GA, the operation imported more than 1,000 containers of Peruvian onions last season, marketed under the RealSweet brand.

With rising demand in the U.S. for sweet onions, the company plans to increase volumes this season.

Shuman Produce, which is one of the largest Vidalia sweet onion shippers, reported that season went very well.  It has experienced a very smooth transition from its Vidalia sweet onion season to Peruvian sweet onions.

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Mexican Sweet Onions are Crossing Border; South Texas Onions are Underway

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DSCN9041While everyone seems to be talking about Vidalia sweet onions, which won’t even start shipping for another month, there’s plenty of Mexican sweet onions crossing the border in South Texas, while an excellent crop of Texas 1015 variety sweet onions are now underway.

Onions from Peru are done, which is helping to bolster loadings out of the Lower Rio Grande Valley of Texas.

As of March 2nd shipments year to date out of Mexico a year ago were 2,667 truck loads in 2016.  This year 4,523 truck loads have crossed the border into Texas by that same date.  Mexican onion shipments got underway this year a month earlier than normal, which will result in loadings from Mexico ending earlier than usual. (A similar situation exists in South Texas and with Vidalia onions).

Mexican onion quality overall has been reported very good and is averaging over 700 truck loads crossing the border each week.

As Mexican onion shipments have entered the last half of its season, sweet onions out of the Lower Rio Grande Valley have just recently got underway.  While no official acreage report has been issued, some believe there are fewer acres planted in the Rio Grande Valley than a year ago.  Less than 75 truck loads of Texas sweet onions were shipped from the valley last week, but volume is increasing.

Imported Mexican tropical fruits and vegetables – grossing about $2800 to Chicago.

1015 Sweet Onion History

The sweet onions from Texas started when the Bermuda onion was introduced into South Texas in 1898 when a packet of onion seed was planted near Cotulla. The onions were shipped in 1899 to Milwaukee, Wisconsin, where they were so enthusiastically received that a larger acreage was planted.

By 1904, approximately 500 acres of Bermuda onions were planted in South Texas. In spring, 1907, 1,011 carloads (rail) of onions were shipped from South and Southwest Texas; in 1908, production had more than doubled, and in 1909, 12 counties shipped 2,920 carloads. Shipments reached 6,735 carloads in 1917; this figure was not exceeded until 1928 and 1929 when the total movements were 7,055 and 7,232 carloads, respectively. The largest movement in 50 years for a single season was 10,164 carloads in 1946.

The Canary Islands, principally Teneriffe Island, produced most of the onion seed planted in Texas until about 1946. The two types of Bermuda onions generally grown in Texas were the Yellow Bermuda and White Bermuda and Crystal Wax.


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