Colorado Produce business updates

08/02/2013 12:33:00 PM
Jim Offner

Hungenberg Produce beefs up production

Greeley, Colo.-based Hungenberg Produce is planning for increased production this year, said Jordan Hungenberg, salesman and food safety manager.

“Our company has grown its operating/processing capacity by about 15% with new technology and expansion, so if you’re going to process more carrots, you need more product,” he said. The company added a few hundred acres to its production this year.

 

Martin Produce Co. switches marketing firm

With the announcement in July that Center, Colo.-based Cañon Potato Co. would close, Greeley, Colo.-based Martin Produce Co. has a new marketing company for its potatoes, said Chuck Bird, Martin’s owner/manager.

Martin Produce now is working with Monte Vista, Colo.-based MountainKing Potatoes, which announced in early July it was buying Cañon Potato in a deal that is expected to be finalized Sept. 1.

Cañon Potato cited declining San Luis Valley Potato production as a factor in its decision to sell.

 

Rogers Mesa Fruit to increase packing

Hotchkiss, Colo.-based Rogers Mesa Fruit is planning to install a new packing line after the current shipping season has concluded, said Jonathan Allen, founder and president of Montrose, Colo.-based Firstfruits International Ltd., which markets the company’s fruit.

Final details still have to be worked out, Allen said.

 

Talbott’s Mountain Gold focuses on peaches

Palisade, Colo.-based tree fruit grower-shipper Talbott’s Mountain Gold LLLP, which formerly operated under the Talbott Farms Inc. banner, has replaced its packing equipment, said Charlie Talbott, president of Talbott’s Mountain Gold and Talbott Farms, which is a partner in the entity.

“We’ve taken out our old packing line and infrastructure, which was geared to apples, which we no longer handle on a commercial basis, and put in what we hope will be a better and more efficient peach packing line,” Talbott said.

The line was installed in mid-July and was expected to be operational for the start of the peach deal at the end of July, he said.

 

Tuxedo Corn Co. ramps up squash

Olathe, Colo.-based Tuxedo Corn Co. has increased its summer squash about tenfold this year, said John Harold, president.

“We’re doing a lot of squash,” Harold said.

Tuxedo has increased that production from about 200-300 cases a day before to about 3,000 cases daily this year, Harold said.

The deal got underway in early July and runs until Sept. 10-15, he said.

The company set aside 20 acres for conventionally grown and 5 acres for organically grown squash, he said.



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