// Waitrose to stock new “tearless” onions called Sunions
// The “brown, tearless and sweet” onion variety is being labelled as a “gamechanger”
Waitrose has launched “tearless” onions by cross-breeding less pungent strains of onion.
The upmarket grocer is set to start stocking Sunions, which has been developed by decades of research.
Waitrose said it will start selling Sunions in its stores from next week.
The “brown, tearless and sweet” onion variety is being labelled as a “gamechanger”.
The onions, which are being marketed using the strapline “not a single tear”, have taken more than 30 years to perfect.
Waitrose’s sister chain, John Lewis, sells special “onion goggles” with anti-fog lenses for £23.
Waitrose onion buyer Paul Bidwell said Sunions would be a versatile ingredient.
The “sweetness of this type of onion lends itself perfectly to a variety of dishes, from salads to hot meals”, he said.
A three-pack of Sunions costs £1.50 – or 50p an onion. That is three times as much as Waitrose’s cheapest own-brand onions, which are 14p each.
The onion was originally developed by the agricultural giant Bayer, but is now owned by the chemicals firm BASF, which acquired part of its seeds and crop business.