McAllen, Texas-based Cabello Group/Cabefruit Produce LLC has formed a division called Marvellous Foods that is sourcing jackfruit from Mexico. ( Marvellous Foods )

Albertsons invests in Texas

Albertsons Cos. recently announced an investment in El Rancho Supermercado, a Texas-based retailer with 16 stores that focuses Latino customers.

El Rancho will continue to operate as an independent company headquartered in Garland, Texas, according to a news release.

The agreement with El Rancho provides Albertsons Cos. an opportunity to invest in the fast-growing Latino grocery sector, according to the company.


Brothers Produce partners with Second Servings

Brothers Produce Houston has entered into an agreement to be the official produce partner for Second Servings of Houston, said Brent Erenwert, chief innovation officer for the company.

Through the partnership, Brothers Produce is helping feed more than 200 food shelters in the Houston area.

“We hope to educate many growers and shippers on this program in hopes that we can increase industry involvement,” Erenwert said.

Erenwert said 2017 saw the company expand its cold storage business operations to 75,000 square feet of dedicated storage space and notch record sales in all segments.

Notable gains occurred in the company’s retail sales division and child nutritional services division, he said.

Erenwert said the cold storage division, which began in 2015, has experienced strong growth and has become a turnkey storage and distribution solution for many companies, including restaurants.


Cabello Group builds jackfruit volume

McAllen, Texas-based Cabello Group/Cabefruit Produce LLC is offering jackfruit from Mexico, according to spokesman Gerardo Gutierrez.

Gutierrez said the grower, packer and fresh distributor has formed a division called Marvellous Foods that is sourcing jackfruit from Global G.A.P. certified farms in Mexico.


Dallas Fresh Food Association names president

Dale Long of the North Texas Food Bank is the first president of the Dallas Fresh Food Association.

The association, created last year, is in the process of filling out its board positions, according to a news release. Before his position at the North Texas Food Bank, Long worked at Sprout’s, Hardie’s Fresh Foods and Brookshire Bros.

“Our mission is quite simple: increasing consumption and careers in fresh foods,” Michael Grinstead, partner with the Grinstead Group and spokesman for the association, said in the release.


Homeland rebrands Super Save store

A Justin, Texas-based Super Save store has been rebranded to the Homeland banner, said Mark Hendricks, produce and floral category manager for Oklahoma City, Okla.-based Homeland Stores.

With the name change came several improvements to the store, including a decor change and new equipment in the produce, deli and bakery departments, Hendricks said in the release.

Homeland operates 32 stores in Oklahoma and two in Texas.


Houston Food Bank plays big role in relief

Hurricane Harvey, which hit Houston Aug. 21, dumped 50 inches of rain east of Houston and resulted in numerous relief efforts.

For its part, the Houston Food Bank distributed three to four times more product than usual in early September, delivering close to 1 million pounds of food a day.

Produce suppliers were generous in donating produce for relief efforts, said Brent Erenwert, chief innovation officer of Brothers Produce, Houston.

The company has distributed some of that product to food banks and to shelters that need food.

In September, Charles Butt, H‑E‑B chairman and CEO, announced a personal $5 million contribution to the Justin J. Watt Foundation’s Houston Flood Relief Fund.