Smith said onions are placed in the bins as they’re clipped and taken to the curing facility where air is forced through the bins.
Pajaro Valley grower cuts carbon footprint
Huron, Calif.-based Terra Linda Farms, the main grower for Pajaro Valley Fresh Fruit & Vegetable Distributing, Watsonville, Calif., has been quietly going green to save money and reduce its carbon footprint, Pajaro partner Bill Hagins said.
Solar panels on Terra Linda’s packing shed now meet almost two-thirds of power consumption needs during the harvest season, Hagins said.
The farm also boasts one of the largest composting operations in the central California Valley, which it says helps build up the soil and save water.
Onions represent 90% of Pajaro’s business, he said.
The distributor sells whites, yellows and reds in 2-pound bags to 2,000-pound totes under the Terra Linda, Western Rooster, Cebollero and Bayview labels.
Peri & Sons Farms uses thermal printer
By adding new thermal printers to its bagging machine, Yerington, Nev.-based Peri & Sons Farms can now label packages for traceability, said Teri Gibson, director of marketing and customer relations.
The grower-shipper also has added a high-speed Inno-Tech bagger to its consumer line, Gibson said.
“A major factor in our decision to purchase this new bagger was that it creates less waste than the bagger it replaces,” Gibson said.
The packaging material is also 100% recyclable, she said.
Peri & Sons has grown, packed and shipped white, yellow, red, sweet and organic onions for more than 30 years.
Since expanding into Firebaugh, Calif., several years ago, the company has been able to offer customers a year-round supply of domestic onions.
River Point Farms goes high-tech
As a year-round grower-shipper and supplier of about 500 million pounds of onions annually for foodservice accounts across North America, high-tech storage is a necessity at Hermiston, Ore.-based River Point Farms.
President Bob Hale said the company is working on different methods to store onions longer while maintaining shelf life.
Hale said River Point’s climate-controlled warehouses are capable of storing about 300 million pounds of onions from November through June.
Shiloh Produce adds packing line
Hatch, N.M.-based Shiloh Produce Inc. has installed a new packing line at its facility at Chile River Farms, owned by Shane Franzoy.