“We’re pre-sizing onions coming out of the field so we can run direct size for order,” said Jay Hill, head of farmer and produce sales at Hill Farms and Shiloh Produce.
The new line should speed shipping time and allow drivers to drive in, load and leave rather than wait in their trucks for three to four hours, Hill said.
In food safety, Shiloh has revamped its inbound and outbound tracking systems and hired full-time inspectors in the field and inside its facilities, he said.
Young Guns Produce expands facilities
Hatch, N.M.-based Young Guns Produce Inc., one of New Mexico’s larger grower-shippers, has completed a new, larger facility that dries onions more efficiently and allows the company to store more volume, president Chris Franzoy said.
Young Guns has also added 30,000 square feet to its warehouse in the third and final phase of a three-year project, Franzoy said.
With the addition of a second packing line that can automatically weigh, fill and palletize bags or cartons of onions, he said the company can now produce about 2,000 50-pound units per hour.