Adams Produce celebrates 30 years

Hatch, N.M.-based Adams Produce Inc. is observing its 30th anniversary in 2012, said Scott Adams, company owner.

Adams Produce focuses its business primarily on the retail sector across the U.S., Adams said.

The company’s labels are Desert Skies and Desert Gold.

Business picks up for Barker Produce

Brandon Barker, vice president of Las Cruces, N.M.-based onion grower-shipper Barker Produce Inc., has added sales to his list of responsibilities, he said.

“I’m doing most of the selling now, which is going to be pretty exciting for me, he said, adding that he did some selling a year ago.

“I usually would run the shed and take care of the fields. Now, I’m doing all three. I’ve picked up some really good customers.”

Onion association freshens recipes

The Greeley, Colo.-based National Onion Association has developed new recipe cards, said Kim Reddin, director of public and industry relations.

“This is good way to promote the onion as a great vegetable,” she said.

Recipe booklets are available on the association’s website,

National Onion Inc. expands space

Las Cruces, N.M.-based National Onion Inc. has built a 30,000-square-foot warehouse in Santa Teresa, N.M., said Steve Smith, president and owner.

“It’s just west of El Paso and is basically a transfer facility for our Mexico crop,” he said, adding that the new building is close to the El Paso, Texas, port of entry.

“We transfer the onions onto the American trucks once they’re sold,” he said.

The building, which opened in January, replaced a facility on the east side of El Paso that the company had leased for 15 years, Smith said.

The company hired Rick Lee, co-owner of an El Paso trucking company, to manage the new warehouse. For Lee, an El Paso native, it’s his first position in the produce industry, Smith said.

Skyline Produce fine-tunes equipment

Last year was a time for change for Skyline Produce of Hatch, N.M., according to owner Marty Franzoy. This year is a time to improve on that change, he said.

“We changed a bunch of our equipment last year, trying to be more efficient,” he said.

“We’re trying to perfect it this year. We spent very little money this year because we spent more last year.”

The company changed and consolidated its grading equipment, he said.

“Basically, we replaced all the grading equipment,” he said.