Vidalia Onions

Recent Study Reveals that Vidalia Onions Play an Important Role in the Onion Category

May 14, 2014

Vidalia, GA (May 13, 2014): Recent category research by the Vidalia Onion Committee indicates that sweet onions lead the onion category with the largest dollar sales (35%) and Vidalia onions represent 62% of sweet onion sales. In addition, Vidalia onion sales grew by 12% while all other sweet onions sales grew by only 5%.

The study conducted by the Nielsen Perishables Group, on behalf of the Vidalia Onion Committee, analyzed national sales data over a two year time period (2012-13) and also reviewed retail performance. In addition to the staggering category sales data, the study found that Vidalia volume growth at 8% outpaced both other sweet onions (0%) and total onions (4%) in 2013 and highlighted key retail opportunities.

“This is exciting news to learn that when in season, Vidalia onions play such a key role in driving the growth of sweet onion sales nationwide,” stated Kevin Hendrix Chairman of the Vidalia Onion Committee. “Our previous consumer research reveals that 91% of consumers are familiar with Vidalia onions and they associate them with superior, sweet flavor so it’s great to match the consumers’ perceptions with the actual sales results.”

The study also compared the results of the top five U.S. retailers (best sales performance for Vidalia onions) with the bottom five retailers and a top line analysis reveals that the top performing retailers were successful for the following reasons:

· Had higher distribution of Vidalia Onions across all stores (99%) compared to the bottom performing retailers

· Were more focused on Vidalia onions, while bottom retailers were more focused on yellow onions

· Focused more promotions on Vidalia onions than bottom retailers; therefore selling more Vidalia volume on promotion and achieving a higher lift on promotion than bottom retailers

· Provided more of an assortment of bulk and bagged Vidalia onions especially with the 5 lb bag and 40 lb box

“This study clearly shows that the top retailers realize the importance and strength of Vidalia onions as an integral of their onion program,” said Susan Waters, Executive Director of the Vidalia Onion Committee.

Waters continued, “This research is part of our continued effort to connect with retailers and offer them critical tools and resources that maintain Vidalia Onions as the leader in sweet onions. Retailers can find the highlights from this study along with other tips and resources on our newly revamped retailer section of our web site at”

To obtain the full research report, retailers are also encouraged to e-mail Waters at .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

About Vidalia® Onions

Vidalia® onions are the pioneer of sweet onions and Georgia’s official state vegetable. Grown only in the mild climate and unique soil surrounding Vidalia, Ga., they’re loved by chefs and home cooks throughout the world. Vidalia® onions are hand planted and hand harvested each year, with sweet, juicy bulbs available seasonally from late April to late August. Vidalia® onions, with their mild, sweet taste, are versatile and can be used in a variety of amazing recipes. These Georgia sweeties are also a low-fat, low-cholesterol and sodium-free way to get a healthy dose of Vitamin C! For more information, visit

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

"The only thing better than the onions in Vidalia is the people. They’re great cooks, and friendly."
Bobby Flay - Chef Bobby Flay, "Postcard from Vidalia, Georgia" Bobby Flay Cooks American