Demand for high quality British brown onions is increasing, despite competition from Spanish and Chilean varieties, according to the British Onion Producers’ Association.
BOPA said 376,000 tonnes of brown onions were harvested in the UK this year - about 90,000 tonnes less than in 2004 but much more than in 2003. UK acreage was 15% down on 2004.
Chairman Jonathan Tremayne said there were
potential quality and storage problems in some crops at the end of the curing process, owing to periods of rain at harvest. But he added: “With superior storage facilities in the UK, the opportunity remains of competing with imports on quality, service and price.
“We are looking to replace Spanish and Chilean onions with a large, well-shaped brown onion - an area where supermarkets have continued to support British onions and consumers have increased purchases.”