The change is in keeping with a trend by many greenhouse companies to use “farms” in their name, he said.
“Retailers say they want to deal directly with the growers,” Edmeier said.
“If you have land of your own, you want to try to connect yourself to that land, so a lot of Canadian, U.S. and Mexican companies are somehow incorporating ‘farms’ in to their titles.”
Loop Fresh Produce promotes manager
Kristi Salinas has been promoted to account manager at Loop Fresh Produce LLP, McAllen, Texas, said John McGuire, vice president of business development.
Salinas has been with the company for eight years, serving primarily as a customer service manager.
The company also has updated its website to reflect the expanded services it offers in McAllen.
“This summer, Loop expanded packaging services with additional bagging equipment for citrus, onions and greenhouse vegetable products,” McGuire said.
The company also has expanded its cooler services and less-than-truckload transportation program.
Plantation Produce enters organic deal
Plantation Produce Co., Mission, Texas, has entered the organics business, sales manager Kenneth Maples said.
The company has invested in an organic farm and organic packing facility in the state of Guanajuato, Mexico, and plans to grow organic greens, roma tomatoes, tomatillos, beets, celery, carrots, onions, colored bell peppers, cilantro, parsley, herbs and broccoli.
The company made the move in response to many inquiries from customers over the years and in an effort to expand its market share, he said.
The company also grows conventional products in south Texas and is conducting two pilot programs this fall.
The firm expected to harvest cucumbers through the first week of December and plans to harvest roma tomatoes from mid-December through early spring.
Neither commodity had been grown in the area for many years, Maples said, but retail customers have requested locally grown product.
Plantation Produce also offers Texas-grown southern greens, kale, cilantro, herbs, parsley, squash, zucchini and onions as well as onions and broccoli from Mexico.
The company’s loading docks now are refrigerated, Maples said, and the firm can process product for other companies and offers bagged, fresh-cut or value-added products.
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