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Last fall, Potandon and Baker & Murakami joined forces as part of a newly formed merger to begin marketing onions from a new onion facility.

Year one results were impressive, according to a news release. 

“Our customers have benefited from the investments made to automate our entire packing process,” Cameron Skeen, managing partner/COO for Baker & Murakami, Ontario, Ore., said in a news release. 

“Our internal and external grading capabilities, along with precision weighing and gentle handling throughout our grading process, has helped to ensure that our customers and consumers alike are receiving the best overall product possible.”

The alliance heads into year two with great momentum as the partnership continues to increase its presence in the Idaho/Oregon onion market.

“We’re excited about an even stronger year in 2018, as additional off-season enhancements come online; it should be a very good year for customers, consumers and Potandon/Baker & Murakami,” Steve Elfering, general manager of the russet and onion category for Potandon Produce, said in the release. 

The onion crop looks very good for the company and harvest and packing are expected to start Aug. 10-15, said Steve Baker, sales manager for Baker & Murakami Produce Co.