Bebo Distributing plans to add covered acres
Bebo Distributing Inc., based in Pharr, Texas, is adding 75 acres of greenhouses in central Mexico, said owner Jaime Garza.
The acreage will cover eggplant and colored bell peppers.
The company also plans to add 35 acres of cucumbers to the 35 acres it grows in shade houses in central Mexico.
Del Campo adds 50 acres under glass
Del Campo Supreme Inc., Nogales, Ariz., has added 50 acres of high-tech greenhouses in Jalisco, Mexico, said Jim Cathey, general manager. The company will grow there from June to December.
“That has the capability, the room and the packing facilities to grow to a 200-acre project,” Cathey said.
The facility will produce elongated sweet red peppers, grape tomatoes and several kinds of specialty tomatoes, including pink and yellow pearl gourmet cocktail tomatoes. Del Campo Supreme now will have cocktail tomatoes year-round, Cathey said.
Greenhouse Produce to grow with new items
Greenhouse Produce Co. LLC, Vero Beach, Fla., has seen 50% growth over the past year and plans to continue to expand, largely by focusing on nontraditional greenhouse items, said president Fried DeSchouwer.
DeSchouwer said he could not reveal what those new items might be for competitive reasons, but he expects some of them to be available in the near future.
Sampling already has begun, he said.
The company currently offers several kinds of tomatoes, bell peppers, colored bell peppers and long English cucumbers.
Kingdom Fresh opens location near Dallas
Kingdom Fresh Produce Inc., Donna, Texas, has opened an office in Frisco, Texas, near Dallas, said Dan Edmeier, director of sales. The company hopes to conduct forward distribution out of that location in the future.
“We wanted to get a foothold in that market,” he said.
Kingdom Fresh also has added eggplant to its product line this year in response to customer requests.
“It’s an item that grows very well in a greenhouse, and the quality is outstanding,” Edmeier said.
The company also plans to open a 400-acre operation near Monterrey in Nuevo León, Mexico, next year. The firm already has facilities in Torreon in the state of Coahuila and sells greenhouse product grown from Culiacan in Sinaloa.
Kingdom Fresh is primarily a tomato shipper featuring roma, vine-ripe, beefsteak and red and yellow grape tomatoes along with some green and colored bell peppers.
NatureSweet building on new branding
San Antonio-based NatureSweet Ltd. is basking in the afterglow of a number of changes the company made over the past year and is preparing to launch some new things in the fall, said Kathryn Ault, marketing director.