Jimmy Bassetti, president of Edinburg, Texas-based J&D Produce, said his company now offers a Little Bear brand Vidalia onion and its proprietary Honey Sweet onion is available year-round through production in Texas, New Mexico, Peru and Mexico
Jimmy Bassetti, president of Edinburg, Texas-based J&D Produce, said his company now offers a Little Bear brand Vidalia onion and its proprietary Honey Sweet onion is available year-round through production in Texas, New Mexico, Peru and Mexico

ATLANTA — Edinburg, Texas-based J&D Produce’s Honey Sweet onion program is now year-round.

The company ships its proprietary variety from Texas, New Mexico, Peru and Mexico, said president Jimmy Bassetti, speaking on the show floor at the Produce Marketing Association Fresh Summit 2011.

“This is a signature item for J&D,” he said. “We’re chasing the sun to get it year-round.”

Bassetti said it was important for the company to get the program year-round to maintain a consistent supply for retailers who prefer the mild variety of onion.

J&D Produce also is working with M & T Farms Inc., Lyons, Ga., to provide a Little Bear brand Vidalia onion.

Bassetti said this coming spring will be the first season for J&D Produce to market onions from Vidalia.

The company also is boosting its food safety programs by hiring more staff and conducting more audits, and has Global Food Safety Initiative certification for its facilities and fields.