Tues, Jan 23rd, 2024

Dear Ole Tyme Customers:

Onion pricing continues to rise due to sustained export demand. Industry-wide, white onion supply is especially scarce. Expect elevated markets on all colors through May. We recommend placing orders seven days prior to the requested load date to secure placement.

  • Prices for white onions are expected to remain extreme until mid-March.
    • White onion storage supplies are in too few hands to report to the USDA.
  • Northwest storages are diminishing; smaller packing sheds could end their season by March.
    • Contracts are escalated; suppliers are watching averages.
  • Early Mexican-grown onions, usually destined for the United States, are receiving a premium for export in Europe.
    • Mexican-grown onion volume is late down 40% due to cold weather and water shortages in the fall.
    • Mexican-grown onions are expected to start crossing in more numbers in late February with yellows and reds, with whites in early March.
    • The Mexican national market is demand is high, placing upward pressure on the United States's supply.
  • Canadian-grown storage is dwindling due to diminishing quality.
  • Texas-grown onions are expected to be available in mid-March
  • Cold weather in Georgia has delayed expected start until mid-April
  • California is on track with new crop onions becoming available in April.
  • New Mexico is on track with new crop onions becoming available in June.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your Sales Representative.


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