"We’ve seen our foodservice business hold steady and actually grow," he said, referring to Frontera, which created Crescent as a stand-alone onion and watermelon grower-shipper in January.
Foodservice also is a big part of the business at Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M Cos. Inc., which grows onions on 200 acres in the Hidalgo, Texas area, said Ken Stewart, sales/operations manager.
"Texas has a really good onion that’s really good for foodservice, so we take advantage of the opportunities we offer foodservice," he said.
Items such as blooming onions, found in various restaurants, continue to drive purchases of Texas sweet onions among restaurants, said Don Ed Holmes, president of Weslaco, Texas-based The Onion House.
"We’re very fortunate to be able to grow an onion that suits that — it has been a big help," he said.