R.C.F. expanding early mango volume

R.C.F. Distributors LLC enters the new Mexican mango season with the resources of a new packingshed in Chiapas. This shed is in a town with the remarkable name of Ocozocoautla de Espinoza.Crespo-organic

Malú Crespo, president of the firm, indicated that the new facility becomes the second packinghouse in Chiapas for El Grupo Crespo, the parent company of a firm operated by Malú Crespo and her brothers, Jorge, Jose Angel and Roberto Crespo. Jorge and Roberto are growers. Jose Angel works in the firm’s McAllen office.

On Feb. 12, she said the new, relatively small Chiapas plant would be operational within days.  It was receiving final organic and food-safety certifications.

The expansion in Chiapas will increase to mango volume shipped by Crespo Organic, which is the organic brand of R.C.F. Distributors. R.C.F. also ships conventional RCF brand mangos through distribution facilities and sales offices in Nogales and McAllen.

The firm is nearing completion of a new warehouse and office facility in Nogales.

Beyond these plans, “all else will remain the same” in the mango business for R.C.F. Distributing this year, Crespo said.

In February, the weather had been good for mango production. “The crop is a little late, but it’s good. Prices are now good,” but she expected oncoming volume would inevitably lower the mango market.

Most of the firm’s mango volume comes from El Grupo Crespo’s packinghouse, Empaque Don Jorge, in El Rosario, Sinaloa. The company claims this is the largest mango packing plant in Latin America. Empaque Don Jorge is a 100,000-square-foot facility with the capacity to pack up to 14 truckloads of mangos a day. Beyond Crespo and RCF brands, Empaque Don Jorge packs various labels for other Mexican growers. El Rosario is four hours north of Puerto Vallarta.

Crespo said her firm will ship Ataulfo and Tommy Atkins mangos from Chiapas until the first week of May.

Then Sinaloa will ship from the first week of May into September.  The Don Jorge plant ships all mango varieties, supplying both export and domestic markets.

El Grupo Crespo also grows and packs fruit in Oaxaca, Michoacán and Nayarit.

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