Buyer applications for this year’s USA Onion Virtual VIP Tour have been extended through Oct. 10, with the tour running from Oct. 15-31 at www.USAOnions.com.
Response from qualified buyers nationwide has been very good, and organizers say with the platform accommodating several dozen “VIPs,” even more can sign up.
As it did in its inaugural run last year, the virtual tour will feature participating Idaho-E. Oregon shippers in individual customized video and photo presentations and interviews. Each shipper will also have a welcome page and downloadable fact sheets with current information. All will be accessible through a secure process on the Idaho-E. Oregon Onion Committee’s USA Onions website.
The 2020 Virtual VIP Tour was developed because of in-person event restrictions during the COVID-19 lockdown. When it ran in fall 2020, eight shippers were featured, and dozens of approved buyers viewed the presentations.
This year, the option to participate in the virtual tour was enhanced with the return to an in-person VIP Tour in September. Approved buyers were given the option of one or both events, which solved logistical issues for many buyers who might not be able to travel and also offered those whose schedules allowed for the trip an opportunity to see harvest in progress.
All applicants will be notified about their acceptance for the virtual tour prior to the tour launch date, and are welcome to inquire by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.