Commodity: Organic Onions, Green

Onions, Green

Commodity Overview

Organic green onions is one of the few commodities whose sales fell in 2016. Organic green onion sales were down 1.3% in 2016 after rising more than 8% in 2015. However, organic green onions round out your onion category, so be sure to make a place for them in your display.

Varieties

This commodity is not typically marketed by variety.

Sales Strategies

Organic green onions may not be a show stopper by themselves, but they pair well with other items. Include organic onions in salad promotions and cross-merchandise them with organic bagged salads.

Create a Cinco de Mayo promotion that includes organic green onions and other organic vegetables that are popular in salsa. Organic green onions can also be a popular addition to wintertime organic soup promotions as they add flavor and texture to soup.

Include organic green onions in summertime grilling promotions with organic meat as they are a popular topping for steak.

Dynamic Displays

Unlike bulb onions, organic green onions need to be misted, so display them separately from organic bulb onions. Also be sure to place organic green onions away from or above conventional produce as the water from conventional produce can contaminate your organic product.

Include green onions in displays that contain other organic salad vegetables as that is their most common use. Green onions’ vertical profile makes them an eye-catcher in your display.

In The Backroom

Shipping

Organic green onions are often sold banded or bagged and come in a variety of carton sizes similar to those of conventional green onions.

Grades

U.S. No. 1
U.S. No. 2

Handling

Temperature: 32 F, 0 C
Relative humidity: 95-100% 
Mist: lightly
Typical shelf life: 7 to 10 days
Odor-producer (Do not store or transport odor-sensitive items with commodities that produce odors. Green onions produce odors that will be absorbed by corn, figs, grapes, mushrooms and rhubarb.)
Green onions are highly perishable.
Necks should be medium-sized and well-blanched for 2 to 3 inches above the root.

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