Peruvian onions: business updates

09/19/2013 02:59:00 PM
Vicky Boyd

Curry & Co. partners with Suncrest Produce

This will be the first Peruvian sweet onion season that Curry & Co., Brooks, Ore., will be able to take advantage of its partnership with Suncrest Produce Solutions, Lake Wales, Fla.

Under the agreement, Suncrest will ship more than 200 containers of Peruvian sweet onions this fall and winter.

The deal is expected to triple or quadruple Curry & Co.’s Peruvian import volumes, according to a news release.

Industry veteran and Suncrest owner Jason Turner assisted with sales, marketing and production during the Vidalia season before moving into the Peruvian deal.

Curry & Co. also has its own warehouse in Peru.

Kingston to import Peruvian sweet onions

Idaho Falls, Idaho-based Kingston has added Peruvian sweet onions to the list of Central and South American produce it directly imports.

The first shipment from Peru arrived in the U.S. in mid-August.

President Ken Nabal said in a news release that the addition of Peruvian sweets fits into the company’s overall development plans.

“Our strategic plan is to continue providing value-added programs to our customers, finding operating efficiencies through vertical integration and passing these savings along to the end user,” he said in the release.

The Kingston Sugar Pine golden pineapple from Costa Rica remains its flagship program, according to the release.

Saven Corp. move paying off for marketer

Saven Corp.’s relocation to Savannah, Ga., from Charleston, W.Va., nearly a year ago appears to be working well, president Brian Kastick said.

“It’s been really good for the company,” he said.

Saven markets sweet onions under the Oso Sweet label.

The move improves the company’s control over imports, since it is much closer to the port of Savannah, where it brings in onions from several countries, including Peru.

In addition, the office is closer to the Vidalia, Ga., sweet onion production area, where Saven has a packing shed, Kastick said.

Oso Sweet offers year-round supplies of sweet onions, starting the year in Chile, followed by south Texas, California, Vidalia, and finishing in Peru.



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