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Red Wings big holiday mover for Sweet Clover

by Kathleen Thomas Gaspar | December 06, 2010
Citing excellent supplies and sizes running heavy to jumbos, Sweet Clover Produce Sales Manager Bill (Sweet Willie) Brownfield said Red Wings were moving very well going into the holiday season.

From his Walla Walla, WA, office Mr. Brownfield said Nov. 16 that supplies will remain good through May, and he added that some colossal are available.

"We have virtually no mediums," he said of the famed single-center onions.

Red Wings are available in 40- and 25-pound cartons as well as in the new Carry Fresh bags. Mr. Brownfield said organic yellows and conventional yellows are also packed in the bag.

“We are also moving sweet onions now and will have them into April,” he said, adding, “We will plant our 2011 crop in February, planning for excellent supplies in all varieties. And we provide all packs.”

Noting that the company continues to expand “in a very controlled manner,” Mr. Brownfield said Sweet Clover adheres to strict quality-control standards.

Its Sweet Clover Sweets ship out of several Washington locations and are tested by multiple labs to guarantee sweetness, and Sweet Clover also guarantees a clean pack, with its packing facilities third-party audited and certified as Good Agricultural Practices.

“We are very proactive in our third-party testing and our pathogen testing,” Mr. Brownfield said.

The company's labels are “Sweet Clover,” “Columbia Pride,” “White Tiger,” “Basin Best” and “Quincy Queen,” and Mr. Brownfield said other labels could be added as Sweet Clover expands.

Working with Mr. Brownfield in onion sales is his son, Pat, who is now in his fifth year with Sweet Clover.

“We are very appreciative of the support we receive from our customer base,” Bill Brownfield said. “We believe we’ll expand together.”