Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc., Coral Gables, Fla., is offering year-round tomato supplies with a partnership with Rene Produce LLC.
Rene, Rio Rico, Ariz., will supply round, roma, specialty and organic tomatoes to Del Monte through the agreement, according to a news release. The tomatoes, grown in Mexico, will be marketed in the U.S. and Canada under the Del Monte brand.
“We are also looking forward to working with Rene in the development of diversified vegetables including some of our proprietary varieties,” Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing for Del Monte, said in the release. “Rene’s expansive farming operations have been augmented in 2015 with the addition of greenhouses in the state of Jalisco.
“Combined with our iconic Del Monte brand, unparalleled distribution foot print and customer portfolio, this joint venture further demonstrates our continuous commitment to the category,” Christou said in the release.
Del Monte officials in the release lauded Rene Produce for its support of workers and their families with housing programs, child education services, and health care clinics.
“As growers, our aim has always been to live by our philosophy of Reliability, Always,” Rene Carillo, CEO of Rene Produce,” said in the release. “We feel very strong about our growing operations, and now with the joint venture with Del Monte, utilizing their superb sales/marketing team, we feel we can be one step closer to customers in their marketplace.”