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Bland Farms' Troy Bland and Sloan Lott Discuss Southern Innovations Exhibition

Bland Farms' Troy Bland and Sloan Lott Discuss Southern Innovations Exhibition

GLENNVILLE, GA - Sweet potatoes and onions are preparing to take their spotlight as Bland Farms is ramping up for Southeast Produce Council's (SEPC) Southern Innovations. In addition to connecting with like-minded partners, the grower will show off its premium products.

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Bland Farms' Sloan Lott Discusses Vidalia Onion Promotional Opportunities

Bland Farms' Sloan Lott Discusses Vidalia Onion Promotional Opportunities

GLENNVILLE, GA - Blink and the Fourth of July will be here. Just a week away, there is still time for retailers to take advantage of the prime merchandising window, and one way to do it is by promoting Bland Farms’ Vidalia® onions.

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Bland Farms Celebrates 75th Birthday; Troy Bland and Sloan Lott Discuss

Bland Farms Celebrates 75th Birthday; Troy Bland and Sloan Lott Discuss

GLENNVILLE, GA - Picture this: festive decorations, balloons, bounce houses, and games surround the cabin where Bland Farms’ founders once lived. Use your imagination and you just might be transported to the onion grower’s 75th birthday celebration. Gathered with their families and friends at Raymond and Rubye Jean Bland’s former home, employees were each celebrated with a certificate of appreciation in addition to a pin commemorating their years of service.

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Bland's Sweet Onions, a year-round delight from farm to table

Bland's Sweet Onions, a year-round delight from farm to table

Ahhh, the sweet onion. Consumers’ love affair with the mild, sweet onion has turned it into a kitchen staple. The sweet onion is popping up on consumers‘ grocery lists all year, thanks to its naturally sweet flavor and its many health benefits — from reducing the risk of cancer to improving heart health. And luckily for us, industry leaders like Bland Farms ensure we have sweet onions available all year.

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A look at Bland Farms' transition to Peruvian Onions

A look at Bland Farms' transition to Peruvian Onions

Peruvian onion supplies are increasing seasonally for Bland Farms, says Sloan Lott. Lott, director of sales for Bland Farms, Glennville, Ga., says sizing and yields for early fields in northern Peru were down some from normal because of hot weather during the growing season.

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Bland Farms celebrates major milestone

Bland Farms celebrates major milestone

Bland Farms recently celebrated its 75th anniversary with employees, their families and friends at the cabin where Raymond and Rubye Jean Bland — who established the company in 1948 — once lived. Festive decorations and balloons adorned the tent, while bounce houses and games entertained partygoers for the Diamond Jubilee.

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Bland Farms® Promotes Sloan Lott to Director of Sales Role

Bland Farms® Promotes Sloan Lott to Director of Sales Role

A long-time Bland Farms® employee is ascending to a new role within the company. Produce industry veteran Sloan Lott will be taking on his newly promoted role as Director of Sales.

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Vidalia Sweet Onion shipping kicks off today

Vidalia Sweet Onion shipping kicks off today

Vidalia® Sweet Onions are ready to ship starting today. “We have a beautiful crop this year filled with incredible flavor,” says Troy Bland, CEO of Bland Farms.

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Marketer anticipates good year for Vidalia sweet onions

Marketer anticipates good year for Vidalia sweet onions

Despite weather challenges, Bland Farms is on track for another big year for its Vidalia sweet onions, says Troy Bland, CEO of the Glennville, Ga.-based marketer. “Our crops struggled with some weather adversities on the front end that impacted some plant stands of the Vidalia sweet onion crop,” Bland said. “But we’ve bounced back and the crop looks great this year, and we’ve got onions in all sizes."

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Six Ways to Sell More Vidalia Sweet Onions

Six Ways to Sell More Vidalia Sweet Onions

Say the name ‘Vidalia’ and for many shoppers, there’s no need to add the word ‘onion.’ Named for Vidalia, GA, this large, sweet hybrid Granex yellow onion with its distinctive flattened shape was first cultivated in the 1930s when a Georgia farmer discovered his low sulfur soil made the onions mild-tasting rather than hot. This new onion had a slow start. However, a major leap forward in its popularity happened with a little retail help. The Piggly Wiggly supermarket, headquartered in Vidalia, recognized the onion’s potential back in the 1960s and put it on their produce shelf.

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Keep your ears peeled for a crop full of excitement from Bland Farms

Keep your ears peeled for a crop full of excitement from Bland Farms

As Bland Farms embarks on a voyage to the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure Show on March 2, they head to the Final Frontier with stars in their eyes. And one southern star, in particular, will be lighting up booth No. 1033. This year, one of the United States’ largest grower/packer/shipper of sweet onions will kick off its presence at the 2023 SEPC Southern Exposure Show with its new Southern Stars Promotion featuring country music star Billy Currington.

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Bland Farms remains big in Vidalia onions

Bland Farms remains big in Vidalia onions

Today, Bland Farms boasts 2,000 acres of Vidalias domestically, 660 hectares in Peru, and 400 hectares in Mexico and is one of the largest growers, packers and shippers of sweet onions in the United States. Bland Farms represents roughly one-quarter of the entire Vidalia sweet onion volume and has among the largest controlled-environment storage capacities in the industry.

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Packer 25 Award

Packer 25 Award

The 2022 Packer 25 is our annual tribute to 25 leaders, innovators and agents of change across the fresh produce supply chain. Each year, The Packer invites the produce industry to nominate distinguished veterans, leaders and rising stars of the fresh produce industry.

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Smart Sustainability

Smart Sustainability

It’s ironic that some of the land on which the Bland family farms Vidalia onions is under Army Compatible Use Buffer (ACUB) protection. After all, the Army was responsible for shuffling the family to Tattnall County. “My family was originally in Long County. The government condemned the land that is now Fort Stewart shortly after World War I,” says Troy Bland, CEO of Bland Farms. That meant the family was on the move.

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Southern Charm Sells!

Southern Charm Sells!

Troy Bland, CEO of Bland Farms, Glennville, GA, said merchandising opportunities are key to his firm’s marketing operations.

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Vidalias Move Into Storage as Harvest Finishes

Vidalias Move Into Storage as Harvest Finishes

Troy Bland, CEO of Bland Farms in Glennville, Georgia says it anticipates having supplies of Georgia’s Vidalia onions available into September.

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Bland Farms Working With World Series Champion Will Smith

Bland Farms Working With World Series Champion Will Smith

“Will is a Georgia native, so he knows and loves our Bland Farms’ Vidalia sweet onions,” Bland said. “The Blands also love baseball. The start of baseball season ties in perfectly with the start of Vidalia season.”

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Onions: The Sweet Difference

Onions: The Sweet Difference

The bulk of the sweet onions shipping this fall from Glennville, Ga.-based Bland Farms will come from Peru, with the balance from California and Nevada, said Troy Bland, the company’s CEO.

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Bland Farms prepares to ship first Vidalia Onions of the season

Bland Farms prepares to ship first Vidalia Onions of the season

“I just get excited when onion season is here,” said Troy Bland, the CEO.

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Bland Farms® Teams Up With Atlanta Braves' Will Smith to Launch Campaign

Bland Farms® Teams Up With Atlanta Braves' Will Smith to Launch Campaign

“We have always liked the association with our Vidalia onions ‘Opening Day’ and the beginning of the baseball season, and so what better time to celebrate this than after the Braves just won the World Series,” said Delbert Bland, Owner and President.

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No Stopping Georgia: Good Weather & Strong Demand Keeping Farmers Busy

No Stopping Georgia: Good Weather & Strong Demand Keeping Farmers Busy

“Our sweet potato program has tremendous growth potential through our Sand Candy partnership. This partnership will allow us to provide customers with a consistent and secure supply of sweet potatoes because of our diversified growing areas in North Carolina and Georgia,” he explained.

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Bland Farms® and SpongeBob SquarePants Bring Shoppers Some Sweet Excitement

Bland Farms® and SpongeBob SquarePants Bring Shoppers Some Sweet Excitement

The premium onion grower has joined forces with Paramount Pictures Corporation to roll out their partnership promoting this season’s freshest Vidalias alongside The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run.

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USDA names new members to Fruit and Vegetable advisory committee

USDA names new members to Fruit and Vegetable advisory committee

U.S. Secretary of Agriculture Sonny Perdue today announced the appointment of 24 industry representatives to the Fruit and Vegetable Industry Advisory Committee (FVIAC).

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Bland Farms campaign features SpongeBob

Bland Farms campaign features SpongeBob

For a late summer campaign, Bland Farms, Glennville, Ga., has partnered with Paramount Pictures and “The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run”.

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So Much is Georgia Grown

So Much is Georgia Grown

Georgia farmers harvest almost a billion-dollars’ worth of produce at farm gate prices, with over 170,000 acres in production, according to the Georgia Fruit and Vegetable Association, based in LaGrange, GA.

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Bland Farms Exclusive Merchandising Tips

Bland Farms Exclusive Merchandising Tips

As produce industry stakeholders, the word “Vidalia®” has a unique way of making our ears perk up.

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Bland Farms Discusses Upcoming Vidalia Season

Bland Farms Discusses Upcoming Vidalia Season

In this industry, it is all about the layers—and if you are Bland Farms, those layers lie in the many advantages and benefits of a premium sweet onion program.

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Troy Bland Receives Vidalia President’s Award

Troy Bland Receives Vidalia President’s Award

Troy Bland, the outgoing chairman of the Vidalia Onion Committee, has been recognized for his leadership of the Vidalia onion industry.

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How COVID-19 is affecting Georgia’s labor

How COVID-19 is affecting Georgia’s labor

Labor is a top concern when it comes to the effects of the new coronavirus on Georgia’s produce industry — besides worker safety and customer demand.

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Eight grower-shippers detail COVID-19 effect on business, supplies

Eight grower-shippers detail COVID-19 effect on business, supplies

The coronavirus COVID-19 and efforts to slow its spread have had a significant effect on the produce industry, forcing suppliers to adjust in a number of ways.

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Vidalia growers expect ample, promotable supplies

Vidalia growers expect ample, promotable supplies

Rain overstayed its welcome a bit, but not long enough to overshadow the mild, warm weather that favored the coming 2020 Vidalia onion crop of southern Georgia.

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Wild, wet weather batters some of Georgia’s crops

Wild, wet weather batters some of Georgia’s crops

Heath Wetherington, director of operations for Baker Farms, said two to three inches of rain have fallen for several weeks on many of the company’s crops, such as this field of collard greens.

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SpongeBob and Bland Farms in the News

  1. 2019 Fresh Summit Booth Briefs
  2. SpongeBob and Bland Farms set to costar in the product aisle
  3. Bland Farms partners with The SpongeBob Movie for 2020 Vidalia season

The SpongeBob Movie: Sponge on the Run (2020) - Official Trailer - Paramount Pictures

Partnership Announcement