Onions 52, Inc

848 South 2000 West
Syracuse,  UT 
United States
  • Booth: 743

Onions 52 grows high quality, yellow, red, white, sweet, Sunions and organic onions. That’s our focus, our passion, and we’re happy to share it with you. We provide onions year-round. Fifty-two weeks a year our trucks are rolling. We pride ourselves on quality, consistency, and ease. While you find companies that provide thousands of goods all the time, we like to focus on one thing and do it the very best, so Onions 52 is just that, onions, fifty-two weeks a year.

• Yellow: Full flavored, well rounded, with a mild finish
• Red: Rich flavored with a punch.
• White: Spicy, zesty and tangy.
• Organics: Delicious and complying with strict organic standards.
• Certified Sweets: Candy sweet and certified to be so.
• Sunions and Organic SunionsTearless and Sweet onions! (www.iheartsunions.com)


Onions 52 - Prosser, WA Farm

 Press Releases

  • SEPTEMBER 26, 2017

    For four decades, the vertically integrated onion operation north of Salt Lake City has been known primarily by its location -- Utah. But Utah Onions is making a big change to reinforce the fact it is far more expansive than its home state. 

    According to Chief Executive Officer Bob Meek, Onions 52 is not only the new name but also a much more accurate description.

    “Many people think we’re just Utah,” Meek said in mid-September. “That name is misleading and underplays our ability to service our customers. Onions 52 is who we are and what we do. We cover you 52 weeks of the year from our onion-production areas around the country.”Onions52teampicOnion 52 corporate officers are Shawn Hartley, owner and vice president/sales; Trevor Flint, chief financial officer; Trent B. Hartley, owner and president; Brad Dahl, owner and vice president/sales; and Bob Meek, chief executive officer. Photo courtesy of Onions 52.

    The new name, Meek continued, is the result of the longtime onion house’s commitment to its customers.

    “We have actually been working on this change for some time,” he said. “We knew we would have one chance to make a statement with the change, and so we brought in a company that specializes in corporate names. They provided us with 180 suggestions, none of which was Onions 52. But the names they gave us led us to this new name.”

    He continued, “As we like to tell people who’ve asked us about the name Onions 52, ‘This is who we are. We have onions all year.’”

    In a prepared statement, Meek said, “We’ve been in business since 1977, and we have simply outgrown our old name. Being Utah Onions was fine while we were just that, Utah onions. Now that we have farmers and partners in six states as well as Mexico, we needed a new name to fit with the growth of the company. The new name says exactly what we want people to know -- quality onions, 52 weeks a year, Onions 52.”

    Corporate officers in addition to Meek are Trent B. Hartley, president; Shawn Hartley vice president/sales; Brad Dahl vice president/sales; and Trevor Flint, chief financial officer. 

    Meek said the operation’s multiple production areas extend far beyond the borders of Utah. “We have onions from Hartley Produce in Prosser, Washington,” he said. “It is owned by Shawn’s family. We also have onions from Oregon Trail Produce in Nyssa, Oregon, which is owned by Sam and Mark Hartley. And we have onions from the Johnson family and Carzalia Valley Produce in Columbus, New Mexico. That’s a new alliance formed this year, and it fills an important window from May to August.”

    Onions 52 also partners with Southwest Onion Growers in McAllen, TX, with operations in Mexico, Texas and Colorado. The company has a Dallas facility built in 2016 where onions are packed for in-market distribution.  

    In addition to the new name, Onions 52 also brought on new personnel within the last year. Meek said Flint came on as CFO in 2016, and joining the sales team are Devin Taylor and Travis Hess. Thomas Pickett works in traffic and production, Meek added.  

    To complete the big news from Onions 52, Meek said, “We’re in the process now of building a new packing plant to expand our production in Utah, along with a new corporate office. We hope to have the plant operating within the next four weeks. Fortunately, we are still operating in the old plant.”

    Meek continued in the statement, “We get onions delivered with never a thought of saying no to our customers. Instead we find and offer solutions, and we do that 52 weeks a year. That’s what set us apart. There’s never a week without onions for us. With a full line of onion products from 2,000 pound totes to two-pound bags, you can count on quality, year-round supply, reliability and ease.”

    More information is available at www.onions52.com.

    The Produce News

    • Interview with Falon Rufty, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Onions 52

      Syracuse, UT | October 17, 2018.

      Onions 52 Talks Organic Sunions

      Q: First of all, what are Sunions?

      A: Sunions are the world’s first tearless and sweet onion. It took over two decades of investment, development, careful farming and hard work to grow this game- changing onion .

      Q: Are Sunions genetically modified?

      A: Sunions are not a genetically modified product and are grown through an all-natural cross-breeding program.

      Q: What makes Sunions tearless?

      A: Most onions have volatile compounds that remain the same or increase over time, which causes watery eyes in consumers and results in a pungent flavor profile. In Sunions, these compounds do the exact opposite and will decrease over time, resulting in a tearless, sweet and mild onion.

      Q: What do Sunions taste like, and how do you ensure quality?

      A: Sunions encompass an incredible flavor profile that is consistently sweet, mild and crunchy. A tightly-controlled brand promise dictates Sunions must be certified both tearless and sweet before ever being loaded on a truck. Unlike all other onions, Sunions become sweeter every day they are stored.

      Q: Where are Organic Sunions grown?

      A: Organic Sunions are grown in Washington state, with Onions 52 being the exclusive grower for 2018. 

      Q: How many acres are you growing this year?

      A: We’re growing 10 acres of Organic Sunions this year. We had tremendous consumer success with conventional Sunions last year, and we intend to continue this trend with our Organic Sunions.

      Q: What marketing tools are you using to promote Organic Sunions?

      A: Through consumer research we have found that millennial shoppers are more likely to try a new product that delivers a positive experience. When you think of onions, you hardly think of innovation or new ideas. Sunions are the first of their kind, and cooking with Sunions delivers a truly tearless experience. Our marketing efforts are top-notch, as they must be to make Certified Organic Sunions and conventional Sunions a success. Onions 52, BASF Vegetable Seeds and Golden Sun Marketing work together for all digital marketing efforts, in-store merchandising, promotional videos, social media marketing, tradeshow displays, and all things ‘Sunions’.

      Q: When are Organic Sunions available?

      A: Flavor and tearlessness sets the Sunions release date. Availability begins late fall and continues through the spring months, depending on supply.

      About Onions 52

      Since 1977, Onions 52 has been known as the nation's leading grower-shipper of the highest quality yellow, red, white, sweet and organic onions. With growing/packaging partners in six states as well as Mexico, Onions 52 promises quality delivered 52 weeks a year.

  • CEO Bob Meek, vice president of sales Shawn Hartley and saleswoman Lacie Skarda discuss some of the latest offerings from Syracuse, Utah-based Onions 52. (Photo by Ashley Nickle)

    HOLLYWOOD, Fla. — Onions 52 featured organic Sunions and organic Texas sweet onions at the Global Organic Produce Expo on Feb. 2.

    Sunions are heralded as the first "tearless" sweet onion in the U.S. The conventional product debuted in 2017.

    Organic Texas sweet onions, also known as 1015s, start their season in April.

    Article by Produce Retailer. Feb. 18. 2019 |

    (Photo by Ashley Nickle)

  • November 07, 2018


    SYRACUSE, UT - Is Onions 52 a year old—or forty? Last year, Utah Onions, Inc. completed a transformative rebrand—complete with a new name, logo, a newly launched website, and complete brand overhaul. And the company is now experiencing a Renaissance (pun intended), according to CEO Bob Meek; Onions 52 has excelled in all areas, with the company’s rebranding and marketing efforts at the helm of it all.

    Bob Meek, Chief Executive Officer, Onions 52

    Bob Meek, Chief Executive Officer, Onions 52

    "Last year was the 40th year of business for Utah Onions, Inc., and the need for a name change and updated website to reinforce a more accurate description of services was long overdue,” Meek stated, in a press release. “Looking back one year ago today, our marketing and branding efforts have been a tremendous success, and a proven catalyst to our continuing growth and customer success.”

    Last year, Onions 52 completed a transformative rebrand—complete with a new name, logo, website, and complete brand overhaul

    Last year, Onions 52 completed a transformative rebrand—complete with a new name, logo, website, and complete brand overhaul

    The newly-launched Onions 52 website also has an impressive list of creative upgrades targeted at both end consumers and the trade.

    Falon Rufty, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Onions 52

    Falon Rufty, Director of Marketing & Business Development, Onions 52

    “We designed the new website with the needs of our industry and our loyal customers in mind,” said Director of Marketing Falon Rufty. “Our goal was to create an aesthetically-pleasing website that captured our company initiative to provide safe, high-quality onions, 52 weeks a year. We also wanted to ensure the new website would be simple to use and would serve as an interactive resource that would be beneficial to whomever, wherever. Whether a produce manager needed to download signage before a store event, a buyer was curious of our red onion pack styles, or a friend was looking to quickly access the ingredients in our Pressure Cooker Sweet Pork Tacos while perusing the aisles of the grocery store; all of these resources [and much more] are now easily accessible on the all-new Onions 52 website.”

    Congratulations, from the ANUK crew, on a year of well-deserved success—and many more to come. 

  • Syrcause, UT, USA | August 9, 2019

    Onions 52 has released a new PLU sticker that will help reduce mis-rings at the register.

    Colorful and jumbo-sized PLU stickers have increased traceability with a scannable GS1 databar for more a transparent supply chain. The databar contains key supplier information and locations so all onions can easily be traced back to the grower/shipper in the case of a food safety emergency. 

    The innovative stickers are available in a variety of vibrant colors, serving as a disruptor to the typical white PLU sticker often found in produce departments. The jumbo stickers are about 1.5x larger than an average vegetable PLU sticker, and mis-rings are prevented by increasing the surface area of the sticker which allows the sticker to remain tactfully in place, and also increasing the font size and legibility of the PLU numbers. 

    Compostable stickers are available upon request. For ordering information, please contact the Onions 52 sales team at 801.773.0630 or sales@onions52.com.

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