Texas Know Your Market business updates

01/13/2012 09:56:00 AM
Pamela Riemenschneider

Brothers Produce expands facility

Houston-based Brothers Produce is absorbing its neighbors.

In September, the company brought in 20,000 square feet on one side of its Produce Row facility and plans to take on an additional 30,000 square feet from the other side this summer.

Vice president Brent Erenwert said the company is happy to continue growing on Produce Row.
Leasing the facility has been instrumental in maintaining growth, even through the recession, Erenwert said.

Ben E. Keith expects Houston facility in 2013


Construction is under way at Fort Worth-based Ben E. Keith Foods’ Houston distribution facility.

Bill Sewell, director of produce and dairy, said it should be open for business within a year and a half.

“We’re in the process of announcing jobs, even though it’s over a year from opening,” he said.

The new facility will supply south from College Station through Houston and east into Louisiana.

Chefs’ Produce adds retail veteran


Norman Scott, who has more than 30 years of retail experience in the Houston area — most recently with Houston-based Rice Epicurean Markets — joined Houston-based Chefs’ Produce Co. as a salesman in 2011.

Chefs’ brought in Scott to boost its retail business, said Juan DeFranco, general manager.

Houston association plans meeting Feb. 15


The next meeting of the Houston Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association is scheduled for Feb. 15 at Brennan’s in downtown Houston.

Pierre Boucha, regional sales manager for Paramount Farms, starts his two-year term as president at the meeting, said Dave Anderson, current HFFVA president.

Mex Flores Produce adds salesman


Jerry Gonzales has joined the sales staff of Mex Flores Produce.

Gonzales focuses on the company’s Mexican cabbage and celery sales, as well as helping to secure watermelon acreage in
Lavaca County, said Mike Contreras, sales manager.

The company has added a ripening/degreening room, as well.

Mex Flores also is seeing big growth with Mexican groceries.

“That has been a tenfold increase, volumewise,” Contreras said.

Increasing business of mainline Mexican groceries such as soft drinks and corn husks gives Mex Flores more opportunities for increasing produce business, he said.



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