Onion industry cashing in on restaurant demand

05/10/2012 10:05:00 AM
Jim Offner

“If they create a new dish or menu item, maybe they’ll take a few more, but overall across the country it gets the same amount of use,” he said.

Occasionally a chain may call for an increase in a certain type of onion, Smith said.

“You see little things that will tweak usage once in awhile, like a few years ago, when Subway and Quiznos decided they were going to use more reds,” he said.

That cut into sales of yellow onions, he said.

Hatch, N.M.-based Shiloh Produce Inc. has a longstanding foodservice business, said Stormy Adams, chief executive officer.

“We’ve been doing business with (US Foods) for 15 years now, so we already have a pretty good — and growing — presence in the foodservice industry,” he said.


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