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Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee's new three-stage broker incentive

As summer heats up and consumers look for dining out options and dining-in convenience, the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee is ramping up its annual broker incentive program to include three separate time frames, each designed to increase sales in all market segments.IEOOCgraphicpmafoodservice

That includes foodservice, and the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee/USA Onions will again be a highly visible exhibitor — at booth No. 408 — at the PMA Foodservice show in Monterey, CA.

Building on the success of past programs that spanned a single time frame in the shipping season, this year’s incentive kicks off with a summer-fall program, followed by a second program running from late fall into early 2019 and then a third program from early February through mid-April.

The entire program works on a point system to calculate the points participants will receive to redeem for a huge array of techie prizes. Each load of onions equals eight points, with a maximum of 1,000 points allowed for accrual per program period. And each portion of the three-stage program features more than $3,000 in prizes that range from big-dollar holiday gift cards to tech/sports equipment to vacation-themed gift cards.

The loads must be purchased from shippers located in the Idaho-Eastern Oregon shipping region, with a list available at www.usaonions.com or by calling the IEOOC office in Parma, ID.

The summer portion runs from Aug. 1 through Oct. 15 and is dubbed Santa’s Helper, with a holiday theme. Prizes attached to this portion include gift cards to Amazon, Lowe’s, Cabelas, Bass Pro Outdoor World, iTunes, Xbox and more. Deadline for forms is Nov. 15, 2018, and prizes will be sent on Dec. 15 if the deadline is met.

The second portion runs from Oct. 16 through Jan. 31, 2019, and the theme is Healthy and Fit New Year. Prizes include Amazon gift cards, NordicTrack exercise equipment, Varidesk desk and chair, FitBit, outfitter gift cards and exercise equipment and accessories. Deadline for forms is Feb. 28, 2019, and prizes will be sent on March 30.

The third incentive program runs Feb. 1 through April 15 and is themed Summer Vaycay. The prizes for this portion include gift cards to Amazon, Hotels.com, Airbnb.com, Southwest Airlines, Uber and Lyft as well as coolers from Yeti and Coleman, luggage accessories and travel tumblers. Deadline for forms is May 15, and prizes will be sent on June 15.