Onion marketing business updates - The Packer

Onion marketing business updates

05/17/2013 12:47:00 PM
Cynthia David

Courtesy Peri & SonsOnion bags await pickup for Peri & Sons Farms, Yerington, Nev. The grower-shipper has added thermal printers that allow it to label packages for traceability, director of marketing Teri Gibson says. Bland Farms adds storage unit

Glennville, Ga.-based Bland Farms has bought another storage unit in Vidalia, Ga.

Owner Delbert Bland said the move increases the company’s storage capacity to 1 million boxes.

“Demand is growing for us, and we’re already packing to full capacity each day,” Bland said.

“We’ve been limited in the last couple of years as to what we can produce versus what we can sell.”

The new unit is in addition to the company’s recent upgrades in drying and packing equipment.


Carzalia Valley makes improvements

To satisfy food safety requirements, Columbus, N.M.-based Carzalia Valley Produce Inc. has fully enclosed its 90,000-square-foot packing shed and added climate control.

“We’re now able to lock the building and control access,” vice president James Johnson said.

With a milder spring, better stand establishment and more efficient drip irrigation, Johnson estimates Carzalia could produce close to a million bags this year, up considerably from last year.


Gills Onions renovates facilities

Gills Onions, Oxnard, Calif., has completed a renovation and modernization of its facilities, director of sales and marketing Nelia Alamo said.

“We now have the latest equipment and sanitary design and the most advanced sanitation systems,” Alamo said.

“We’re extremely pleased with the outcome, and our operations are more streamlined and efficient than ever.”


Committee creates gluten-free recipe

For foodservice operators keen to offer menu items for gluten-free diets, the Parma, Idaho-based Idaho and Eastern Oregon Onion Committee has developed a gluten-free onion ring recipe.

“It’s a really tasty, coconut-encrusted ring that’s very viable for fresh-cut onion rings,” marketing director Sherise Jones said.

The recipe was developed with help from the University of Connecticut.

“People are choosing other diets, and we’re working to incorporate our onions to meet those needs,” Jones said.


National Onion Inc. opens warehouse

Pleasant Grove, Utah-based National Onion Inc. has begun using its new 30,000-square-foot warehouse in Santa Teresa, N.M., on the Mexican border.

Owner Steve Smith said the facility receives packaged onions from Mexico and transfers them to U.S. trucks as they’re sold.

Out in the field, National Onion has replaced traditional burlap bags with plastic bins.

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