Business updates: West Mexico Spring Produce - The Packer

Business updates: West Mexico Spring Produce

02/24/2014 10:41:00 AM
Mike Hornick

“The cocktail tomato package is a cardboard box that’s green and ecology friendly,” Munguia said.

“It’s a totally different packaging system with a fresh look. A window displays the tomatoes inside. When you open it they’re side by side, top to bottom.”

“Comments have been positive,” he said.

L&M expands into round tomatoes

L&M Cos. Inc., Raleigh, N.C., plans to add round tomatoes to its Nogales, Ariz., lineup.

“By the end of the season we might get a shot of round tomatoes, in March,” Johnny McDaniel, sales and operations director, said Feb. 5.

“But we’re not sure yet. It may be for next season.”

In Texas, L&M is increasing roma, bell pepper and cucumber volumes crossing at McAllen with production from Tamaulipas, Mexico. The same is true for watermelons sourced out of Campeche, Mexico, McDaniel said.

McAllen operations are overseen from Nogales. Previously that was done from L&M headquarters in Raleigh.

Prime Time ramps up hard squash

Coachella, Calif.-based Prime Time International is in its first full season of Mexican hard squash, with kabocha, acorn, butternut and spaghetti loading at Nogales, Ariz., said Mike Aiton, director of marketing.

“Just this week we started to cross in good supply,” he said Feb. 5.

“There aren’t many items in west Mexico where the market prices are very good,” Aiton said.

“Last year on hard squash there were a lot of sales in the $20s due to some weather, but now it’s more seasonably correct in the $8-12 range.”

Wholesum adds Mexico acreage

Organic grower-shipper Wholesum Family Farms, Nogales, Ariz., plans to add 2 hectares to an existing 14-hectare greenhouse site near Imuris in Sonora, Mexico.

“We broke ground in January and expect it to be ready by July,” said Ricardo Crisantes, general manager.

“We’re thinking of planting there in the first days of August and picking organic tomatoes on the vine in late fall,” he said.

Wholesum Family Farms, which has been in a construction phase in recent years, plans its next expansion for 2015 at its Arizona site.

“The scope is still being studied,” Crisantes said.

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