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Curry & Co. purchases Vidalia onion facility to use as consolidation point

by Kathleen Thomas Gaspar | October 12, 2010
In a continued expansion of its year-round onion program, Curry & Co. in Brooks, OR, has purchased the Gerrald's Vidalia Sweet Onions Inc. facility in Statesboro, GA.

Curry & Co. partners with two large Vidalia onion growers, Jamie Brannen and Terry Gerrald. The Vidalia Onion Committee named Mr. Gerrald its Vidalia Onion Grower of the Year in 2009.

According to information provided by Curry & Co., the Gerrald’s facility will be utilized in the same manner as Curry & Co.’s Oregon corporate headquarters, which provides a consolidation location for the company’s customer base.

The Georgia packinghouse is a 200,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art onion facility centrally located on the East Coast. The operation is certified by Primus, Davis Fresh and Silliker and complies with HACCP guidelines.

In addition, the structure features climate-control rooms that can cure onions at 102 degrees and provide 32-degree cooler storage.

"When they built this facility, they did it right," Curry President Matt Curry said in an Oct. 5 press release. “We have the latest technology in drying rooms, 100 percent consumer packaging capabilities, high-graphic bags, efficient loading docks and a stellar record on food safety. It’s a great opportunity for Curry & Company. Plus, the quality of the onions we’ll be packing is outstanding as we’re partners with two of the leading Vidalia growers.”

In addition to packing its own Vidalia onion crop, Curry & Co. will package sweet onions from Peru and Chile at Gerrald’s as part of its year-round sweet onion program.

Curry is also a 12-month supplier of potatoes and blueberries.