New Mexico onion foodservice business chugs along

05/27/2011 10:54:00 AM
Dan Gailbraith

“We do a lot of onion ring contracts, actually,” he said. “We have long-term contracts with onion ring manufacturers, and that kind of balances out the low markets. They look for certain onions and sizes. We focus on them for about half our crop.”

Marty Franzoy, manager/owner of Hatch-based Skyline Produce, said extreme cold during the winter growing season added further complications to the foodservice business.

“We didn’t contract anything, because we saw this coming,” he said. “A lot of people went and contracted what they could, but I think there’s less contracting this year than last year.”

Foodservice is a nice outlet for bigger onions, said Larry Barker, owner of Barker Produce in Las Cruces.

“It’s been good for us. It’s a chance to get rid of all the jumbos to some people like the Restaurant Depot,” he said.


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