A relative of mine raised a field of around 80 acres of sweet corn for Green Giant. The time came for harvest and the GG QC people stopped by and sampled the field and determined it was not up to their standards. Cousin Dick was paid for his efforts in raising it, but the field was not harvested by GG.
The locals were invited to come and get all they wanted, and they did. Everyone said it was fine flavor and texture wise, about the only thing noted was the color seemed pale.
I was pretty surprised, I figured out of spec sweet corn would still be taken to the plant and processed for something; off brand or store brand sweet corn, cornflakes, corn starch, pet food, or export. That occasion it wasn't.
One of my co-workers has an Uncle that farms popcorn in Indiana. He says what Diamond Foods (Pop Secret) won't buy ConAgra (Orville Redenbacher) will. If neither of them do he says there's always someone who will.