The feasibility of an individual quick freeze operation in Vidalia Georgia
Wolfe, Kent L.
McKissick, John C.
Reynolds, A. Estes
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This study looks at the economic feasibility of operating an Institutional Quick Freeze (IQF) unit in the area of Vidalia, Georgia to assist the local onion producers receive income from their Number 2 (#2) onions. Currently, these onions are disked into the soil then limed and fumigated to control the acid and insects. This process costs the producers man-hours, tractor hours, fuel, insecticide, and negative community feedback. The proposed IQF plant would create additional income from this costly disposing operation of the #2 onions. The product offered by the proposed plant includes diced quick freeze onions and other vegetables. This study examines the relevant economic issues surrounding IQF vegetables including onions, peppers, carrots and custom work. The economic analysis did not account for the negative cost associated with the previous disposal of the onions. However, it is important to remember that cost do exist for the disposal of the onions.