“Sweet Onion Trading Co. has a really nice, high-graphic bag,” he said, noting that his company packs for them on occasion.
“We do also have recipe cards that we can put in with our 30-pound bulk bins for retailers to hand out,” he said.
“It’s really about half and half,” said Delbert Bland, owner of Bland Farms LLC, Glennville, Ga.
“Naturally, the bags have more visibility. That’s the biggest thing because it’s very good for marketing. But the downside is that they are more expensive versus just having the onions loose,” Bland said.
Now that both are a good option, retailers will need to decide which option suits them best.
“The key to answering that question is in a retailer’s demographics,” Shuman said.
“We recommend stocking a mixture of bagged and bulk product to address the needs of all customers and adjusting based on the consumer response,” he said.