Keystone Fruit Marketing continues to educate retailers about how sweet onion certification provides a good eating experience to consumers and promotes return purchases, Borer said.
Saven Corp. Inc., Charleston, W.Va., offers year-round sweet onions under the Oso Sweet label from Northern and Southern Hemisphere growing regions.
The company runs brix and pyruvic acid tests in-house to ensure that onions carrying the Oso Sweet name meet minimum standards, said Mark Breimeister, national sales manager.
But he said not everyone goes to those lengths.
“There are quite a few imposter sweet onions out there,” Breimeister said. “I’d hope that the consumer is becoming more savvy and conscious that we only sell true sweet onions.”