The company also hired Jack Moyer, most recently with Nash Finch’s Cincinnati division, as its director of operations.
Progreso Produce adds sales manager
Progreso Produce Ltd., Boerne, Texas, has named a sales manager and opened a facility, said president Curtis DeBerry.
Tommy Whitlock, mostly recently with William D. Grasmick Inc., Granada, Colo., is now the company’s sales manager, DeBerry said. The firm opened an onion packing facility in Weiser, Idaho, in early September.
Progreso will ship 800,000 units of Spanish onions out of the location this winter.
The company’s product line also includes watermelons, strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and other items. Most of the firm’s product is imported from Mexico, but some is grown in Texas, DeBerry said.
South Tex Organics improves sanitation
South Tex Organics LC, Mission, Texas, has installed a system that enables the company to apply sanitation material more efficiently, said president Dennis Holbrook.
Operating on the same principal as systems that are used to paint automobiles, the sanitation chamber uses electrostatic technology to apply organically approved sanitation materials more effectively, covering the fruit more completely but ensuring that not more than one droplet covers any single point, he said.
The system enables the company to use a higher concentration of material and less water to apply it.
The system disinfects the fruit better than the previous method, he said. Since the particles are too big to inhale, the system is safer for workers.
Sunny Produce and Brokerage grows
McAllen, Texas-based Sunny Produce and Brokerage LLC plans to open branch offices with salesmen in Minneapolis and Indianapolis, said Victor Thomas Myers, vice president.
The company has launched a website, sunnyproduce.com, that talks about the family-owned business and will offer recipes and tell how visitors can win a fruit basket.
Sunny Produce also has a new warehouse manager, Marin Cavazos, most recently with Healds Valley Farms Inc., Edinburg, Texas, and has added forklift operators and a sales secretary.
The company also has upgraded its accounting system and added custom software, Myers said.
The firm’s round tomato program under the Barajas label continues to attract customers, and the company has ramped up its bell pepper business, selling a load or two a week of yellow and red peppers.
Chili pepper sales also are on the rise, Myers said.
The company’s product line also includes roma, cherry and grapes tomatoes, cucumbers, avocados, lemons, limes, cactus leaves, squash, pineapples and papayas.