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FPAA dedicates room after former chairman

The Fresh Produce Association of the America’s (FPAA) honored one of its former members, Humberto Monteverde who passed away late last year, on December 9, 2011. The FPAA named its master meeting room after Monteverde, recognizing his contributions to the association on February 3, 2012. Monteverde served as chairman on the board of directors for FPAA from 1992 to 1996. ... Read More »

Greatest generation of the Nogales produce industry

Pete Kitchen crossed fresh produce south to Magdalena in the 1860s. Sonoran oranges crossed into Arizona in the 1890s. The Border Vidette, reported a rail car of cantaloupes, followed by tomatoes in June 1905. When the Southern Pacific rails reached Sinaloa in 1909 the beginning of the produce industry began. Culiacan growers celebrated their 50th anniversary and a quantum leap ... Read More »


In 1980, Del Campo Supreme began planting crops in Culiacan, Mexico, which consisted of squash, bell peppers, cucumbers, onions, eggplants, tomatoes, chilies and other vegetables with the intent to distribute into North America. Today, Del Campo concentrates its product line to tomato and chili varieties that have increased quality and productivity. Del Campo is also on the forefront of technology ... Read More »

Walter Holm: A pillar of produce

My dad’s biography recounted in Peplow’s 1958 History of Arizona, Pollock’s 1964 Arizona’s Men of Achievement and the Produce New’s July 1964’s “Who’s Who in the Produce Business” describe his beginnings and growth in the fresh produce business. Since biographical references offer factual “sound bites” and little humanity, I shall tell about Walter Holm the man and my father with ... Read More »

Panda Express now open

Panda Express, the fastest growing Chinese restaurant chain in the country is now open and serving delicious food to Santa Cruz County. Panda Express the creation of restaurateur Andrew Cherng employs 17,000, with more than 1,000 restaurants in 37 states is a welcome addition to the local landscape of eateries. Located next to Chase Bank on Mariposa Avenue, the restaurant ... Read More »

Downtown McDonalds now open

Local food icon in Downtown Nogales has now reopened for business. The location was shutdown earlier this year for a short period of time in order to build a brand new location with a variety of modern advances. Following is a excerpt from a previous article: It’s been a year and a half since LeAnn Richards acquired the Nogales McDonalds ... Read More »


Associate Members • Agencia Aduanal Martinez • Agencia Aduanal Mayer • Agri-Packing Supply, Inc. • AMHPAC • Associate Brokerage Co. • Atlas International CHB • Baugh Supply Chain Cooperative • Bay Area Produce, Inc. • Bernardi & Associates, Inc. • C & R Fresh, LLC • C.M.M.V., LLC • Capin-Vyborny • Carcione’s ... Read More »


By Luis F. Parra, Esq. A challenge to the Nogales Produce Distribution Industry is Rio Grande Valley’s fast-growing food import market as well as the recent announcement by Mexican Secretary of Transportation of Mexico’s plan to complete a highway through the Sierra Madre that began in 2005 and is now projected to be completed by the end of 2012. Earlier ... Read More »


Even though Thanksgiving has come and gone, some Holiday observations are in order. Surfing the web recently, I came across an interesting word picture: Imagine the population of the world reduced proportionately to a village of 100 people. Eighty folks in the village would live in poverty. Seventy wouldn’t be able to read or write. Half of the village would ... Read More »

Patty Garcia celebrates Fifth year Anniversary with SCC Recorders Office

Patty Garcia recently celebrated her five-year anniversary with the Santa Cruz County Recorders Office, where she received a plaque and recognition at a Board of Supervisors meeting. Garcia is a local of Santa Cruz County and a graduate of Nogales High School. “I initially applied and was hired on a temporary basis but within two weeks, I was asked to ... Read More »

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