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THE 2018 VIDALIA ONION SEASON KICKS OFF APRIL 20
America’s Favorite Sweet Onion Heads to Stores Across the Country

VIDALIA, Ga. (April 20, 2018) – Ready, set, gone!! The 2018 crop of Vidalia onions began shipping today to the delight of the world’s best chefs and home cooks, who adore the legendary onions for their sweet, distinctive flavor.“I look forward to stocking up on a fresh supply of onions during Vidalia season every year,” said Chef Kevin Gillespie, renowned chef and owner of the beloved Atlanta restaurants Gunshow and Revival. “Thanks to their versatility and ability to add the perfect flavor to a wide variety of recipes, Vidalias are the only sweet onions I use in my restaurants.”

Cultivated only in 20 southeastern Georgia counties by 80 farmers and available in the spring and summer months, growers report another strong harvest for the crop this season.

“This season’s harvest ensures consumers will have an abundance of Vidalia onions to add to their favorite foods,” said Troy Bland, chairman of the Vidalia Onion Committee (VOC), which oversees the marketing of the hand-planted and hand-harvested vegetable. In 2017, Georgia growers harvested nearly 230 million pounds of Vidalia onions with a value of more than $150 million.

Bland noted that the VOC will expand its “Only Vidalia” marketing campaign launched last year to remind people of the Vidalia onion’s sweet, mild flavor profile that is an essential ingredient for a wide range of dishes including salads, dressings and even desserts.

“We are very pleased with the ‘Only Vidalia’ campaign, which will feature advertising aimed at consumers and grocery retailers, an expanded social media outreach, blogger partnerships and a host of other activities during the season,” Bland said.

As part of this year’s campaign, VOC is working with Chef Gillespie to help promote the vegetable to aspiring chefs, home cooks and professionals alike.

Last year, the VOC celebrated the 25th anniversary of the Vidalia trademark, which is owned by the state of Georgia. Vidalia onions are Georgia’s official state vegetable and represent about 40 percent of the national sweet onion market.

Visit vidaliaonion.org for more information about Vidalia onions, and follow the season’s news on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.


About the Vidalia® Onion Committee

Because Vidalia® onions are sweetly unique, farmers united to seek legal protection for their crop and its name. Federal Marketing Order No. 955 was established in 1989, to stipulate where the crop can be grown and help with research and promotion of Vidalia® onions. The Vidalia® Onion Committee administers FMO No.955 and authorizes production research, marketing research and development and marketing promotion programs. This federal program along with Georgia state laws that protect the Vidalia® trademark have provided a legal framework for the industry. So, you can try to grow a sweet onion elsewhere, but you cannot call it a “Vidalia®,” unless it is from Georgia! For more information, visit VidaliaOnion.org.


OMAR CRUZ, R.T. STANLEY HONORED AT 27th VIDALIA ONION AWARDS BANQUET

VIDALIA, Ga. (Feb. 21, 2018) – Omar Cruz, agronomist for Bland Farms, was named the 2018 “Grower of the Year” and long-time industry icon, R.T. Stanley, was inducted into the Vidalia Onion Hall of Fame during the Vidalia Onion Committee 2018 awards banquet.

More than 200 guests attended the annual event, which celebrated a strong production year in 2017 that also marked the 25th anniversary of the Vidalia onion trademark.

“Our congratulations to Omar and R.T. on being selected to receive our industry’s top honors,” said Bob Stafford, interim executive director, Vidalia Onion Committee. “We enjoyed one of our strongest seasons in 2017, and we are looking forward to a good harvest this year.”

Omar Cruz earned his degree in agronomy from the University of Havana in La Habana, Cuba. Cruz has been farming with Bland Farms in Tattnall County since 2005. He shares his vast knowledge with various Vidalia onion growers in the surrounding counties.

Omar has hosted numerous onion trials that have yielded valuable information to benefit the Vidalia industry.

R.T. Stanley started farming in 1964 as a sharecropper with his uncle and a decade later established Stanley Farms with his father. In the late 70s, Stanley Farms began farming Vidalia onions with their first five acres. This small acreage later grew into more than a thousand acres.

One of the industry’s most influential growers, R.T. has hosted many onion events over the years, including for the National Onion Association. He considers himself very fortunate that all three of his sons – Brian, Tracy and Vince – graduated from the University of Georgia and came back to Toombs County to be a part of Stanley Farms.

About the Vidalia® Onion Committee

Because Vidalia® onions are sweetly unique, farmers united to seek legal protection for their crop and its name. Federal Marketing Order No. 955 was established in 1989, to stipulate where the crop can be grown and help with research and promotion of Vidalia® onions. The Vidalia® Onion Committee administers FMO No.955 and authorizes production research, marketing research and development and marketing promotion programs. This federal program along with Georgia state laws that protect the Vidalia® trademark have provided a legal framework for the industry. So, you can try to grow a sweet onion elsewhere, but you cannot call it a “Vidalia®,” unless it is from Georgia! For more information, visit VidaliaOnion.org.


Vidalia Onion Growers to Launch New Logo. Preview 2018 Marketing Campaign at Produce Marketing Association
New Branding Debuts During Vidalia Onion Trademark’s 25th Anniversary Year

NEW ORLEANS (Oct. 19, 2017)  –  The Vidalia Onion Committee (VOC) will launch a new logo for America’s favorite sweet onion during the annual Produce Marketing Association (PMA) conference held Oct. 19-21, 2017 here.

The new brand mark reflects the artisanal approach to growing Vidalia onions that farmers have perfected over time. “We think the new logo captures the proud history of Vidalia onions that have been handcrafted by generations of grower artisans for more than 80 years in Georgia,” said Bob Stafford, the VOC’s interim executive director. “Yet, it also brings an updated, modern look to our brand that we believe will resonate with today’s consumers.”

The new logo will be featured in the Vidalia 2018 marketing campaign, “Only Vidalia,” which reminds people that only Vidalia onions have the sweet, mild flavor profile that has made it an essential ingredient for a wide range of dishes including salads, dressings and even desserts.

The 2018 “Only Vidalia” campaign will also feature a new 60-second video spot that tells the story of Vidalia and why it’s special. The campaign also includes advertising aimed at consumers and grocery retailers; social media content and blogger partnerships – all inviting people to rediscover the original sweet onion.  Both the logo and the video will be featured in the Vidalia PMA exhibit booth 4116 in the Georgia Grown pavilion.

The introduction of the new logo and campaign spot coincide with the 25th Anniversary year of the Vidalia trademark. The state of Georgia passed the Vidalia Onion Act in 1986, but did not become the official owner of the Vidalia trademark until 1992. The annual crop, which experienced one of its best harvests in recent years this season, is produced by 100 registered growers in 20 South Georgia counties and is available in the spring and summer.

As a part of the 25th Anniversary observance, the VOC is partnering with several leading area restaurants to celebrate “Vidalia Onion Week” from Oct. 15-21, 2017 when the PMA event is in the city.

Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House, Dickie Brennan’s Tableau, Fogo de Chao News Orleans, Galatoire’s Restaurant, New Orleans Creole Cookery, and Briquette will be incorporating the Vidalia onion in a number of special dishes during the week, including:

  • Vidalia Onion Rings, Bourbon House Salad, Bourbon House Burger and Redfish on the Half-Shell with Crabmeat at Dickie Brennan’s Bourbon House;
  • A Vidalia onion salad at Fogo de Chao;
  • Lunch specials at Galatoire’s Restaurant and Friday lunch specials at Galatoire’s “33” Bar and Steak;
  • Vidalia onion straw appetizer and inclusion in various signature dishes at New Orleans Creole Cookery;
  • Creole French Vidalia Onion Soup at Dickie Brennan’s Tableau;
  • Roasted Vidalia Onion, Buttered Potato, Smoked Ham Au Gratin at Briquette.

“As two iconic southern brands, New Orleans and Vidalia onions are a perfect pairing,” said Stafford. “We are very pleased to partner with some of the Crescent City’s leading restaurants to celebrate the unique flavor that can only be found in Georgia’s own Vidalia onions.”

In addition to the partnership with local restaurants, former Top Chef Contestant and Georgia native, Eli Kirshtein, will be doing cooking demonstrations featuring Vidalia onions at the VOC booth.

Vidalia onions are Georgia’s official state vegetable, grown on 12,000 acres annually and represent about 40 percent of the sweet onion market.  Sold in every state, the annual value of the crop is about $150 million.(1)

To get a sneak preview of the new video, visit our YouTube page. Visit vidaliaonion.org to view the new logo and for more information about Vidalia onions, and follow the season’s news on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

About the Vidalia® Onion Committee

Because Vidalia® onions are sweetly unique, farmers united to seek legal protection for their crop and its name. Federal Marketing Order No. 955 was established in 1989, to stipulate where the crop can be grown and help with research and promotion of Vidalia® onions. The Vidalia® Onion Committee administers FMO No. 955 and authorizes production research, marketing research and development and marketing promotion programs. This federal program along with Georgia state laws that protect the Vidalia® trademark have provided a legal framework for the industry. So, you can try to grow a sweet onion elsewhere, but you cannot call it a “Vidalia®,” unless it is from Georgia! For more information, visit VidaliaOnion.org.

(1)  According to findings from the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development – University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ 2014 Farm Gate Value Report published in September 2015.


THE VIDALIAS ARE HERE:  NEW SEASON MARKS 25th ANNIVERSARY FOR AMERICA’S FAVORITE SWEET ONION
Vidalia Onion Committee Unveils “Only Vidalia” Campaign

VIDALIA, Ga. (April 12, 2017) – Vidalia® onion growers launched the 2017 season today, marking the 25th anniversary of the Vidalia onion trademark.

Grown in unique soil and climate conditions found only in 20 South Georgia counties, Vidalia onions – now officially available for retail distribution – are revered by some of the world’s best chefs and home cooks for its sweet, distinctive flavor. The annual crop is produced by 100 registered growers and is available in the spring and summer months, but the first date they can be shipped is determined by the Georgia Department of Agriculture.

“We are excited every year when we are able to start shipping our hand-planted and hand-harvested Vidalias,” said Troy Bland, chairman of the Vidalia Onion Committee (VOC).  “However, this year is special because we are celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the Vidalia onion trademark that has assured people across the country that they are enjoying the one and only original sweet onion.”

The state of Georgia passed the Vidalia Onion Act in 1986, but did not become the official owner of the Vidalia trademark until 1992. In addition to celebrating the 25th Anniversary of the trademark, the VOC also announced a new marketing campaign, “Only Vidalia.” The campaign highlights the provenance of the Vidalia onion that has been hand crafted by grower artisans for more than 80 years in Georgia. It reminds people that only Vidalia onions have the sweet, mild flavor profile that has made it an essential ingredient for wide range of dishes including salads, dressings and even desserts.

The “Only Vidalia” campaign will feature advertising aimed at consumers and grocery retailers; social media content and blogger partnerships – all inviting people to rediscover the original sweet onion.

Vidalia onions are Georgia’s official state vegetable, grown on 12,000 acres annually and represent about 40 percent of the sweet onion market.  Sold in every state, the annual value of the crop is about $150 million.(1)

Visit vidaliaonion.org for more information about Vidalia onions, and follow the season’s news on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and YouTube.

About the Vidalia® Onion Committee

Because Vidalia® onions are sweetly unique, farmers united to seek legal protection for their crop and its name. Federal Marketing Order No. 955 was established in 1989, to stipulate where the crop can be grown and help with research and promotion of Vidalia® onions. The Vidalia® Onion Committee administers FMO No. 955 and authorizes production research, marketing research and development and marketing promotion programs. This federal program along with Georgia state laws that protect the Vidalia® trademark have provided a legal framework for the industry. So, you can try to grow a sweet onion elsewhere, but you cannot call it a “Vidalia®,” unless it is from Georgia! For more information, visit VidaliaOnion.org.

According to findings from the Center for Agribusiness and Economic Development – University of Georgia College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences’ 2014 Farm Gate Value Report published in September 2015.

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