Tommy Wilkins Dishes on Season Start for Texas and Mexico Veg With Rising Demand
DONNA, TX - Come December here in the Northern Hemisphere, our editorial calendars begin to light up with frequent reminders that South Texas and Mexico produce is gearing up to fill retail spreads with premium quality vegetables from some of the richest growing regions in the world. One company looking to the amazing opportunities on the horizon is Grow Farms Texas, which notes that the time is now to begin planning for the remaining 2020 holidays and the spike in demand that accompanies a new year.
“We partner closely with retailers to ensure their departments are stocked with only the best and freshest vegetables,” Tommy Wilkins, Director of Sales and Business Development, shares with me. “This vision allows our partners to remain true to their own quality commitment to the consumer to bring only the best-of-the-best in product to their baskets. Right now, demand across the board is up for holiday staples from squash to bell peppers and green beans, and we believe it will stay that way as we move through the beginning of 2021.”
Tommy adds that quality has been very good across Grow Farms’ growing operations in Mexico, as Mother Nature has played a calmer role in recent weeks.
Currently, the team is growing cabbage, green bell peppers, green beans, cucumber, eggplant, and yellow squash as well as zucchini, acorn squash, butternut squash, and spaghetti squash. Grow Farms will be shipping through the Nogales, Arizona, and McAllen, Texas, ports of entry to lessen transport and travel time for customers. The company is kicking off its program in Mexico as we speak with Texas Green and Red cabbage beginning the first week of December.
Grow Farms Texas offers basic carton packaging across its portfolio and RPC options as well, Tommy details, then gives me a further breakdown of the crops.
“Large green bell pepper sizing has been short in the first two to three weeks, but has improved to larger sizing this week. Green beans were tight for Thanksgiving but are looking good for Christmas and Yellow squash has been short but looking to catch up. Additionally, eggplant has been promotable since we began the program this season and we don’t see that changing.”
Tommy notes that cucumber and bell pepper supplies will be steady as long as the weather stays good.
“The hot pepper menu is very promotable and supplies have been very nice and steady,” he reveals. “We are looking forward to mangos from Mexico starting in January with February volumes becoming promotable.”
There is much to be thankful for this holiday season, and the Texas, Arizona, and Mexico corridors are helping to make that statement ring true. Stay tuned to AndNowUKnow as we look to those companies trailblazing and elevating their fresh produce game and by extension, the retail space.