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Sweet Onion Trading Co., headquartered in Melbourne, FL, markets a variety of domestically grown and imported sweet onions throughout the year. "We are active in Chile, Peru, Mexico, Vidalia, California, Nevada and Washington," President Barry Rogers told The Produce News Nov. 14.

He went on to say that difficult weather during the growing season affected all regions with the exception of California during 2010. “All of the issues had to do with too much rain,” he stated. Conditions have affected sizing and per- acre yield.

Quality and taste profile are primary considerations for onions grown or sourced by Sweet Onion Trading, he said.

“Our first consideration is quality,” Mr. Rogers stated. “If we could source the right taste profile domestically, we would. We see potential in new varieties for domestically-grown sweet onions at certain times of the year.”

Sweet onions are harvested 10 days prior to shipment. Sweets imported from Peru and Chile are received in Florida and New Jersey.

Product is marketed throughout North America to retail partners. Onions from Chile and Peru are marketed under the “Longboard Sweet Onions” brand. Mr. Rogers said the “Sunbraro Sweet Onions” brand is comprised of product from Mexico and non-Vidalia production areas in the United States.