With 2018’s new crop heralding the return of Peri & Sons to organic production in their California Central Valley fields, the company is highlighting organics at Southern Exposure in Tampa this week.
According to Sales Manager Jessica Peri, the Firebaugh facility, which has also seen significant upgrades going into 2018, is “back into organics and will provide organic sweets, yellows, and reds into August.”
Jessica said, “ Our El Centro operations have always had organics that carry us into July, and now with Firebaugh producing organics again, we’ll have July and August.”
“New this year is a finished product room for staging in Firebaugh,” she said. She said increased efficiency gets product to market more quickly, and she said the facilities consumer pack equipment has been reconfigured as well “for better flow of product.”
With onions available year-round from its various production areas, Peri & Sons offers both conventional and organic product, all colors and sizes and a variety of pack options. Among its many promotions are Onion Express incentive program, organic and CPR-free Sweetie Sweets, BBQ Bloomer Onion and the new tearless Sunions.
“Our Sunions have cleaned up for the season,” Jessica said. She noted the season will start up again in December-January. “Our hope is that Sunions will back up to Sweetie Sweet, which starts in mid-July and ships through December. It will be a nice transition and stay in the domestic sweet onion.”
Also, Jessica said, Sweetie Sweet acreage has been bumped up this year.
The BBQ Bloomer Bag promo is timed for summertime cookouts, with shipments starting in late June for Independence Day ads.
And the mainstay of Peri & Sons, its Nevada crop, starts shipping in September and runs through spring when the California onions come off.
“We’ve seen increased acreage in our Nevada operations,” Jessica said. “It’s been growing fast, and there are a lot of opportunities here.”