Mas Melons
Ashley Nickle

SAN ANTONIO — The Packer's retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the show floor April 27 at the Viva Fresh Expo. 

MAS MELONS: Salesmen Jose Vasquez Jr. (left) and Mikee Suarez visit with booth goers about the Sonoran melon program from Rio Rico, Ariz.-based Mas Melons, which markets under its Desert Pride label. The company recently started with watermelons and honeydews, later than usual given some recent cold in the growing area. Supplies of those items will be available into June. Mas has also been getting started with its hard squashes, and in mid-May the company will begin with grapes. It expects about 900,000 packages of the fruit this season, finishing up around the Fourth of July.

Traveler Produce
Ashley Nickle

SAN ANTONIO — The Packer's retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the show floor April 27 at the Viva Fresh Expo.

TRAVELER PRODUCE: (From left) Director of sales Homero Cardenas, president Pedro Camacho and director of business development Jose Cardenas visit with booth goers about the vegetable program from McAllen, Texas-based Traveler Produce. Roma tomatoes from Mexico are the main product for the company, available year-round. The company also has other products, including jalapenos, green and colored bell peppers, round tomatoes, cucumbers and chayote squash, among others. Traveler has its own production and partnerships with other growers as well.
 

Marengo
Ashley Nickle

SAN ANTONIO — The Packer's retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the show floor April 27 at the Viva Fresh Expo.

MARENGO FOODS: Carlos Castanos, Alberto Flores, Luis Hanna and Armando Taddei with Dallas-based Marengo Foods speak with booth goers about the company’s summer program. Marengo supplies tomatoes year-round. Bell peppers, eggplant and cucumber are some of the other top commodities for the company, part of its winter program that wraps up soon and starts again in December.

MVP
Ashley Nickle

SAN ANTONIO — The Packer's retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the show floor April 27 at the Viva Fresh Expo.

MESILLA VALLEY PRODUCE: TJ Runyan, salesman for Las Cruces, N.M.-based Mesilla Valley Produce, talks with booth visitors about the company’s onions, hatch green chiles, watermelon and pumpkins. Onions are available through September, watermelons will be in season July through October, hatch chiles run late July into mid-September, and pumpkins come on in the fall.
 

Val Verde
Ashley Nickle

SAN ANTONIO — The Packer's retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the show floor April 27 at the Viva Fresh Expo.

VAL VERDE VEGETABLE: President Frank Schuster and chief financial officer Kurt Schuster visit with booth goers about the array of products available from McAllen, Texas-based Val Verde Vegetable. The company has beets available into September, and other commodities it handles include mixed greens and cauliflower. Watermelon radish is a newer item for the company — one Val Verde plans to expand in the future — and that product was a major attention-getter at the booth. Val Verde was also showing off the Supplier of the Year award it received from Whole Foods in 2018.
 

Edinburg Citrus
Ashley Nickle

SAN ANTONIO — The Packer's retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the show floor April 27 at the Viva Fresh Expo.

EDINBURG CITRUS: Ashlynn Biel Elliff, sales and marketing for the Edinburg, Texas-based Edinburg Citrus Association, talks with booth visitors about the oranges and grapefruit the organization markets. The season for those products finishes up soon, with production starting up again in October. Edinburg Citrus came to the event to see current customers and meet potential new ones, Biel Elliff said.

Amore Produce
Ashley Nickle

SAN ANTONIO — The Packer's retail editor Ashley Nickle collected these items on the show floor April 27 at the Viva Fresh Expo.

AMORE PRODUCE: Joshua Duran, salesman for McAllen, Texas-based Amore Produce, talks with booth visitors about the company’s tomatoes and chiles. Transportation was also a topic on the expo floor, Duran said. Amore Produce supplies tomatoes year-round from Mexico, along with other products.
 

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