Tight supplies, good quality in store

11/25/2013 12:22:00 PM
Tom Burfield

But he had no complaints about the quality of the fruit.

“Currently, the quality is outstanding,” he said.

The company ships mainly vine-ripe, roma and grape tomatoes.

Nick Hurter, an owner and vice president of State Street Produce, San Antonio, said the storms touched off a “very volatile market.”

“I would say the market is going to be strong the rest of the year, especially on broccoli, which is our main item,” he said.

Customers of Bland Distribution Services, Donna, anticipate a good December and January, said Nick Sanchez, general manager.

Sanchez said construction is booming throughout South Texas, and the new highway should give a boost to the local economy by speeding up produce deliveries and enabling a wider variety of products to come into the area.

Although the 143-mile Durango-Mazatlan highway officially was inaugurated in October, finishing touches still were being added, and it was expected to be fully operational early in 2014.

The route, with its dozens of tunnels and bridges, should reduce travel time for trucks from 10 hours to four.

The new highway already has touched off a construction boom in South Texas, which includes a 90-acre produce park in Pharr.

The park will be comprised of about 27 2- to 3-acre lots, many of which already have been spoken for. It also should be completed early in 2014.

Many Nogales, Ariz.-based distributors are expected to open branches there.

Finally, McAllen, Texas-based Abasto Properties LLC is planning to break ground for a wholesale produce market in San Antonio by the end of December, said Fernando Narvaez, director of sales and marketing.

The three-phase project is planned to include 200 warehouses. The first phase, consisting of 60 warehouses, should be finished by the end of 2014 or early 2015.


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