new Mission, Texas cold storage facility ( Courtesy La Bonanza )

La Bonanza, Uruapan, Mexico, has opened an import and distribution facility in Mission, Texas, for avocados and guacamole products.

The La Bonanza USA facility has 15,000 square feet, with 10 loading doors, eight of them refrigerated for receiving and shipping, according to a news release. The facility can process more than 1,100 tons of product a day.

La Bonanza has packed and shipped avocados to the U.S. and Canada for 25 years, Gabriel Villasenor, president, said in the release.
“In that time, we have also added hundreds of our own hectares with plans to add more each year,” Villasenor said in the release. “We own and maintain a fleet of 30 semis to deliver to the border and gas stations to guarantee fuel.”

The company also has a stake in a processing plant in Uruapan to offer guacamole products.

More than 90% of La Bonanza avocados are sent to the U.S., Maggie Bezart-Hall, of La Bonanza’s sales and marketing, said in the release.

“The future of market growth and better supply to the U.S. and Canada is through direct sourcing of fresh and processed avocados from Mexico,” Bezart-Hall said in the release. “I joined La Bonanza because they are truly an integrated company that can offer high quality avocados from their own land and generations of partnerships with trusted family growers.”

The company is celebrating with a grand opening of the cold storage facility at 11 a.m. Sept. 14, at 802 Trinity St., Mission, Texas. A barbecue at a Mission restaurant will follow the ribbon cutting.