West Mexico Winter Produce business updates - The Packer

West Mexico Winter Produce business updates

11/16/2012 03:26:00 PM
Mike Hornick


Farmer’s Best adds tomatoes on the vine

Farmer’s Best International is returning European cucumbers to its lineup after a two-year hiatus and offering tomatoes on the vine for the first time, said Steve Yubeta, vice president of sales.

The cucumbers are expected to start in mid-December and the tomatoes soon after Jan. 1.

“Customers requested both items,” Yubeta said. “It’s not a lot of acreage on the vine tomatoes.”

Justin Lombardi, formerly with Kaliroy Produce, has joined Farmer’s Best at its Nogales office as a salesman. Mario Cardenas is in sales at the Edinburg, Texas, office.


L&M changes facility, names manager

L&M Cos. Inc. this winter will ship out of a Nogales, Ariz., site with 40,000 square feet of refrigerated space.

It’s at 30 Old Tucson Road.

“We have changed our facilities,” said Greg Cardamone, general manager of vegetables at Raleigh, N.C.-based L&M.

“This facility will give us a better product flow, better cross-docking and quicker loading and unloading of trucks,” he said. “We’ll be able to color sort our romas better because it’s a wide-open floor system.”

L&M’s Nogales’ business will be supervised by recently hired sales and operations manager Johnny McDaniel.


Meyer Tomatoes takes over own sales

Nogales, Ariz.-based Meyer Tomatoes LLC is back in sales.

“The last couple of years Lipman Produce handled that for us, but Meyer is taking back its own sales now,” said Butch LaVelle, sales director.

Billy Don Grant is the sales manager; Juan Mendoza is a salesman.

Meyer Tomatoes limits its Nogales operations to December through May. It sources mature green and roma tomatoes during that stretch. Cucumbers and jalapenos run December through February.

In Mexico, its tomatoes and cucumbers are grown in the Los Mochis and La Cruz areas.


Oppenheimer, United Produce partner

Vancouver, British Columbia-based The Oppenheimer Group is continuing its partnership with United Produce for tomatoes on the vine and long English cucumbers grown in Baja California, Mexico.

“We also plan to market greater volumes of greenhouse slicer cucumbers and tomatoes from the region this year,” Aaron Quon, greenhouse and vegetable category director, said in mid-October.

Oppenheimer also expects slight increases in conventional and organic red, yellow and orange bell pepper volume from Divemex in Etzatlan and Culiacan, thanks to good growing conditions.

The Divemex fair trade certified pepper program starts in December and runs through May.

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