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REIDSVILLE, GA -- Shuman Produce will share details about its new food safety program along with new packaging at the company's booth at the Southeast Produce Council's expo Saturday, March 6, in Tampa, FL, part of the council's 2010 Retail & Foodservice Conference & Exposition, known as Southern Exposure.

"We our increasing our transparency by becoming a member of Primus Labs platinum program," John Shuman, president and director of sales, said in a Feb. 3 press release. "We want our customers to know that all the onions they buy from Shuman Produce -- whether they are from Peru, Mexico, California, Texas or Vidalia -- are covered."

He added, "When you provide your customers with a comprehensive traceability program, then food safety begins to mean something: peace of mind." Last year Shuman Produce, a leading grower-shipper of year-round sweet onions, received a four-star rating from Primus.

At expo booth No. 301, Shuman Produce will showcase its vertical two- pound, three-pound, four-pound and five-pound onion bags. "Our new bags are flying off stores shelves this season," Mr. Shuman said in the release. "Shoppers love the eye-catching graphics and on-pack information that includes recipes and health and nutrition information. We are increasing our capacity with these bags to meet the demand."

The company will also have a new five-pound mesh bag available in mid- March for its Texas sweet onion program that will be available for customers to view at the expo.