Vidalia onions business update briefs

03/29/2012 01:21:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Shuman also redesigned its websites, realsweet.com and shumanproduce.com.

The design provides a history of the company, recipes, different ways to use Vidalia onions as well as storage and handling information and other information.

“We are seeing very good demand,” Shuman said.

“We have been very blessed with the opportunities we’ve had to grow our business during the past 10 years. We are also increasing our acreage as we see opportunities for our business to grow.”

Shuman and the growers he markets for grow on more than 1,800 acres.

Stanley Farms gives storage a boost

Stanley Farms, Vidalia, Ga., increased its storage capacity.

The grower-shipper added 150,000 bushels of storage, increasing its controlled atmosphere storage to 350,000 bushels, said Brian Stanley, sales manager.

The improvements should allow Stanley Farms to store half of its crop, he said.

“We should be able to extend our deal to Labor Day, the first week of September,” Stanley said.

“Usually, we have to finish in mid-August because we ran out of capacity when we sold out of the storage deal. This gives us added capacity to go longer.”

Stanley Farms also entered sweet potatoes, and plans to grow 200 acres in its first year of production.

In other news, Stanley Farms in March added Brandon Thomas to handle the company’s social media.

Thomas is a recent graduate of Brewton-Parker College in Mount Vernon, Ga.


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