Shuman Produce Buys Up 620 Acres of Vidalia Onion Operation
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
REIDSVILLE, GA - Shuman Produce bolstered its Vidalia® onion presence late last week when it walked out of a recent auction with a new facility and hundreds of acres of Vidalia onion property under its belt.
“We view this acquisition as a good fit for Shuman Produce and a way to expand our Vidalia onion land base and infrastructure,” said company President, John Shuman. “This will enable us to continue serving our retailers with best in class customer service and a high-quality product under the RealSweet® brand.”
Shuman Produce said in a press release that, as a year-round grower and shipper of RealSweet brand sweet onions, it is blessed and proud to have this opportunity to expand its operation. The newly-acquired Plantation Sweets Vidalia operation, located in Cobbtown, Georgia, spans 620 acres and houses a 94,000-square-foot packing facility.
The new addition will be factored into Shuman’s operations in time for this year’s Vidalia onion crop, with the company already planning to start using the cold storage space on the property in the coming weeks. As for the role it will play in the broader scope of the company’s strategic expansion, it noted that the new property will both increase its storage and packing capabilities, as well as add more land to its crop production.
Overall, Shuman said that the facility and resources will be an integral part of growth in the production of other Georgia commodities.
With more clearly on the horizon for the team and its reach, keep checking in with AndNowUKnow as we await those plans’ fruition.