US – Shuman Farms started the Vidalia onion shipping season with events involving Food Lion and Royal Food Service.

The Cobbtown, Georgia-based farm sent out its first shipment to grocery stores and wholesalers across the U.S. and Canada.

Food Lion stores in Vidalia, Statesboro, Metter, and Reidsville, Georgia, were among the first to receive shipments.

Customers were eager to purchase the seasonal Vidalia onions, known for their sweetness and mild flavor. Shuman Farms President and CEO John Shuman expressed his excitement, noting how the start of the season is anticipated by both the company and customers.

To mark the occasion, Shuman Farms held a season kickoff event in partnership with Georgia Southern University Athletics at a Food Lion location in Statesboro.

The event featured Georgia Southern University cheerleaders and their mascot, Gus, as well as giveaways including baseball tickets, Food Lion gift cards, and Shuman Farms merchandise.

In Atlanta, Royal Food Service began its Vidalia onion season on April 18 by unloading its first shipment of Shuman Farms onions.

This partnership highlights Shuman Farms’ commitment to providing quality produce and maintaining a strong farm-to-table story in the Southeast U.S.

Shuman Farms’ Vidalia onion season is set for a strong performance through September due to favorable growing conditions and the acquisition of Generation Farms in fall 2023. Shuman Farms anticipates a 30% increase in their Vidalia onion program’s capacity thanks to this addition.

“We have expanded our Vidalia onion program and improved our facilities for better packing and storage,” said Shuman.

These advancements will enable the company to continue distributing Vidalia onions through Labor Day, supporting its partners’ needs.

The demand for Vidalia onions is growing due to their unique taste. Shuman Farms prioritizes quality, from careful cultivation in Georgia’s fertile soils to precise harvest timing. They handle the onions gently during packing and shipping, using cold storage to maintain freshness.

Vidalia onions not only satisfy culinary preferences but also contribute to the local economy. The expansion of the Vidalia onion program creates jobs and increases revenue in the region.

Moreover, Shuman Farms’ focus on efficient farming practices aligns with sustainable initiatives such as water management, soil health, and reducing waste.

The farms aims to balance the delivery of quality produce with support for local communities and sustainable practices. The Vidalia onion season continues to be an exciting time for both the company and its customers.

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