(July 2, 5:07 p.m.) Fresh produce crossings through the Pharr/Reynosa International Bridge at the Texas/Mexican border continue to increase as growers headed for the East Coast look to save on freight.
A new cold storage solution is available for those looking to make that pit stop just north of the border.
Border Cold Storage, Pharr, Texas, opened its doors June 15 on a newly built campus less than a mile north of the bridge.
Located on 16 acres with plans for future growth, the 50,000-square-foot facility has 10 cold rooms with temperatures ranging from 28 to 65 degrees, 13 doors on a refrigerated dock and a dry storage area.
The facility was designed to do about 75% fresh and 25% frozen products, said Tyler Morgan, president.
“This is the perfect location to assist growers of both fresh and frozen vegetables,” he said. “We saw the change in freight and thought that growers in Mexico that normally go through Nogales (Arizona) to the East Coast would start to look into coming through the Valley because of the saving in freight.”
The building also includes many “green” or sustainable features, such as motion-sensor lighting and a carbon dioxide/ammonia cascade refrigeration system. It also is 100% racked with radio frequency scanning and tracking and online order entry available to customers.
Border Cold Storage also plans to expand its services to include packing and repacking, when the need arises, Morgan said.
The company plans to hold a grand opening at 11 a.m. on July 10 at its location, 1200 Highline Drive, said Jose Ojeda, warehouse manager.