Business Updates: Vidalia 2013 season - The Packer

Business Updates: Vidalia 2013 season

04/02/2013 12:06:00 PM
Coral Beach

 

Hendrix Produce hires sales director

Johnny White is the new director of sales at Hendrix Produce Inc., Metter Ga.

Kevin Hendrix, vice president, said the position is a new one, created because of the company’s growing business.

White joined the full-time staff of about 10 people in the Hendrix Produce office in October. He previously worked at Bland Farms, Glennville, Ga.

Hendrix said he and his father, R.T. Hendrix, who is president of the company, have about 800 acres of Vidalia onions this season.

 

Plantation Sweets upgrades equipment

For 25 years, Ronny Collins has been selling his Vidalia onions under the Plantation Sweets brand.

Operating out of a modern packinghouse less than 50 yards from the house where he was born and raised, Collins continuously upgrades equipment and growing practices as new innovations become proven practices, said Tina Collins, Ronny’s wife and sales director for Plantation Sweets.

In preparation for this season, the couple has installed a new weighing machine on the packing line.

 

Ray Farms invests in more cooler space

With the addition of new cooler space for this season, Ray Farms Inc., Glennville, Ga., can now hold 80,000 bushels of Vidalia onions in temperature controlled storage.

Danny Ray, president and co-owner, said the new space increased the farm’s storage space by 20,000 bushels.

He and his brother Gary Ray, co-owner of Ray Farms, have about 350 acres of Vidalia onions this season. About 12 acres are organic.

As of late March, the onions had good sizing and were on their way to excellent yields, Ray said.

By staff writer Coral Beach


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Jean Snead    
Crescent City, FL  |  April, 03, 2013 at 05:24 PM

We purchased some Vidalia onions for the first time about 25 years ago and still think they are the best onions. In the past when our children were growing up we would purchase 2-100 lb. bags each year from a produce stand here in Putnam County. The family drove to GA every week during the season and purchased them directly from Morris Farms. After a few years when we got them they were already rotten in the center. Think they had a problem growing them. Found out about the onions grown in Peru and sold at Sam's Club. As my family and friends will tell you I am famous for my Vidalia Onion Pie which is my original recipe and it has never been published. My pies are known from Maine to Florida by all my family and friends. Every year at Christmas I get request for my onion pie for Christmas breakfast from all my friends and neighbors. So I usually make onion pies year round and have to find the same type of onion that is grown in GA. I try to keep between 10 to 20 lb. in my refrigerator year round. The sweet onions are not the same in my pies only the onions grown in GA or other countries that have learned to duplicate them.

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