After one year in business, most companies are still trying to clear the runway and get their landing gear up. But with its principals’ 60 years of combined experience in the produce industry, SunPac Growers in San Antonio, TX, celebrated its first anniversary at cruising altitude and is poised to fly even higher.
SunPac is a state-of-the-art distributor of greenhouse vine-ripe and Roma tomatoes, as well as Hass avocados, carrots, cabbage and bell peppers. The company believes that its location in the heart of Texas, along with strategically located Rio Grande Valley shipping and distribution facilities in Pharr, TX, and Donna, TX, has it well positioned for continued success.
“Part of our strength is that we’re fortunate enough to be doing business in the middle of the southern United States — that is, Texas — and partnering with growers who enrich us with generations of knowledge and exceptional year-round produce,” said Frank Gomez, director of operations.
General Director for SunPac in Latin America Alberto Vasquez added, “SunPac experienced enormous growth its first year, but its potential and plans for the future growth are even bigger and bolder, and include a push toward organic. SunPac Growers sees American, Canadian and Mexican consumer expectations growing in their demand for the qualities that organic foods provide in terms of safety, nutritional value and taste.”
SunPac has state-of-the-art greenhouse and hydroponic greenhouse operations in various regions in Mexico, utilizing the latest in growing technology from Israel and The Netherlands. All growing and packing operations are HACCP and food-safety certified by industry leaders. The company ships to grocery chains, foodservice distributors and other institutions. Diversified growing locations and state-of-the-art technology allow SunPac to provide premium product 12 months a year.
SunPac utilizes the industry’s finest laser sorters to achieve proper colors and quality on packinglines. All workers are HACCP trained in food-safety practices and employ those techniques from the greenhouse throughout the packing and shipping process. At the shipping and distribution facilities, all loads are met on arrival and checked by a highly trained quality-control staff to ensure incoming product meets SunPac’s high standards.
“SunPac is at the leading edge of food safety. We worked hard in this field before most even understood the issues,” Mr. Gomez said. “SunPac employs pioneers in HACCP operations, and they have over 30 years of combined experience in this area.” Even though the company has been around for only a year, it has already made significant inroads into industry hierarchy.
“We have packed private label for the biggest names in the fresh and frozen foods industry, including direct pack for several national restaurant chains in the U.S.,” Mr. Gomez said.
SunPac’s commitment to quality and freshness starts with its growers and never stops.