Seco Spice Co. adds sanitizer

Berino, N.M.-based Seco Spice Co. is installing a sanitizing/pasteurizing system in its plant, said Edward Ogaz, owner of the family-owned grower-shipper.

“We’re all in this food safety deal and this is going to sanitize all our products,” Ogaz said.

The system, which costs almost $1 million, should be operational by November, Ogaz said.

“You run the product through and it actually sanitizes it, and it even sanitizes it organically, too,” Ogaz said.


Young Guns focuses on frozen

Young Guns Produce, Hatch, N.M., which upped its green chili production by about 20% in 2013, has focused this year on frozen product, primarily for foodservice, said Chris Franzoy, owner.

“That department has grown exponentially,” he said, estimating growth at about 300%.

He declined to disclose volumes.

“The institutional trade is driving that expansion,” he said. “They don’t have the ability to take the fresh and process is at restaurant level, so they buy it from us already processed.”