Business updates: Texas Citrus - The Packer

Business updates: Texas Citrus

11/11/2011 10:55:00 AM
Tom Burfield

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The company, which is completing its fifth year in business, continues to emphasize food safety and is “staying on the front end” of the Produce Traceability Initiative, Bishop said. 

Besides Bishop, partners in the firm are president Jud Flowers and his son, T.J. Flowers, who is involved in sales and operations.

South Tex Organics adds carton, label

South Tex Organics LC, Mission, Texas, has introduced a new, display-ready carton and a new label — Nature’s Pick — for organic oranges and grapefruit and has spent the summer revamping its packing line, said president Dennis Holbrook.

The 40-pound cartons contain eight 5-pound bags of grapefruit or 10 4-pound bags of oranges. The containers will save labor at retail, because produce employees won’t have to restack the bags on a table, and they produce less cardboard waste than conventional boxes, Holbrook said.

The company had food safety in mind during the off season when it reconfigured the packing line to eliminate nearly all human contact with the fruit. 

The new configuration has a pregrading system that removes stems, leaves and damaged product. The fruit then moves on to a high-pressure wash system where it’s washed and sanitized. 

Fruit is graded, dried, waxed and sized automatically, Holbrook said. 

“There’s minimal contact with the product from the time it’s been sanitized and waxed before it gets put into a carton,” he said.

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