Courtesy South Tex OrganicsDennis Holbrook (left), president of South Tex Organics LC, Mission, Texas, and Garrett Edwards, sales manager, show off the company’s new Fancy grade Royal Red and Choice grade Nature’s Pick labels for its organic grapefruit. The company will mark its 30th anniversary in January.Bebo to expand by 20,000 square feet
Bebo Distributing Inc., Pharr, Texas, is expanding.
“We’re about to add 20,000 square feet,” director of operations Jimmy Garza said.
The expansion will include cold rooms and other facilities.
“We’re expanding to keep up with the demand we’re getting from retailers and growers out of Mexico,” he said.
Several months each year, space gets tight and the company has to turn to outside warehouses, which can slow the processing time for trucks waiting to be unloaded, he said.
Construction should begin early in 2014 and be completed by August.
Bland adds custom packaging services
Bland Distribution Services, Donna, Texas, has added custom packaging to the services it offers its customers, general manager Nick Sanchez said.
The service was added in response to customer requests and includes options such as packaging tomatoes in 2-pound bags, packing beefsteak tomatoes in clamshell containers or sliding bell peppers into a sleeve.
The company, which is Primus GFS-certified, also does repacking and recently finished an expansion project that gives the facility 100,000 square feet of space, 75,000 of which is refrigerated.
The facility has eight separate temperature zones, “which really gives us the flexibility to be able to handle the products appropriately and efficiently,” Sanchez said.
Those products include tomatoes, bell peppers, strawberries, papayas, avocados, broccoli, limes and pineapples.
Fresh Tex Produce starts roma program
Fresh Tex Produce LLC, Alamo, Texas, has kicked off its own year-round hothouse roma tomato program, manager Ray Wolverton said.
In the past, the company sourced romas from other suppliers, but customer demand pushed the company to partner with a grower in Mexico who has a strong roma program that meets strict food safety standards and other criteria, he said.
Fresh Tex also received a perfect score on its GFSI certification audit, Wolverton said.
Tex Star Distributing LLC, Alamo, partner company to Fresh Tex, is ramping up its exclusive Royal Star papaya program after a gap of a few months, Wolverton said.
All fields should be coming back on line in December. Tex Star is GFSI certified and expects to become GlobalG.A.P. certified by the end of the year, he said.
Kingdom Fresh adds ‘Farms’ to name
Kingdom Fresh Produce Inc., Donna, Texas, is now Kingdom Fresh Farms Inc., said Dan Edmeier, vice president of sales and marketing.