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New mandatory packing date for Vidalia onions announced

Vidalia-2The year 2014 will see a new beginning for the Georgia Grown Vidalia Sweet Onion, the official state vegetable. The decision has been made to set a mandatory packing date so that no Vidalia onions will be packed or shipped prior to April 21, 2014.

The new rule states that the Vidalia onion marketing season shall commence no sooner than 12:01 a.m. on the Monday of the last full week of April, each year. Vidalia onions shall not be packed or put into commerce prior to the announced packing date.

The Vidalia onion industry, with the help of Commissioner of Agriculture Gary Black, is taking steps toward assuring that retailers and consumers will receive Vidalia onions with the characteristics that made the onions famous.