Dale DeBerry started the company in 1982 in Progreso, Texas, with onions in Texas and Tampico, Mexico. In 2005 Curtis DeBerry purchased the company and merged it with his own to grow business in berries, watermelons and onions.
“We’re focusing our growth now on the fruit side, including the whole berry category,” he said. “We’ll have year-round supplies of blues from Argentina, Chile, Florida and Michigan and strawberries from Mexico and Florida.”
Texas Vegetable Association plans food safety meetings
The Mission-based Texas Vegetable Association is anticipating questions from the industry as the Food Safety Modernization Act nears implementation.
As soon as the new rules are announced, the group plans to hold meetings and possibly Web conferences to help grower-shippers implement those rules.
“We want to remain flexible and do something when the rules are announced,” said Ray Prewett, executive vice president.
Another Texas Food Safety conference also is in the works, Prewett said, possibly for this summer.