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John Uribe joins Daily Fresh on the sales desk, company picks up new grower

John Uribe, who was previously with Frank’s Distributing in Nogales, AZ, is now on the sales desk at Daily Fresh Distributing Inc. in Nogales, AZ, which is now in its third year. He is “a good addition” to the company, according to President Paul Bachelier, who started Daily Fresh in September 2011 after 18 years with Omega Produce Co.

Uribe has some 40 years’ experience in the produce business, half of that brokering and half on f.o.b. sales, Bachelier said. Before Frank’s, Uribe worked for San Antonio Commission Co. and prior to that worked for Sid Gruber.

As in the past, Daily Fresh will continue to handle product from a grower group in coastal Hermosillo, Sonora, Mexico, that packs the “El Pañuelo” label.

“They have been in business for over 30 years,” have both open field and shade-house production, and grow such items as Italian squash, yellow squash, Kabocha squash, Acorn squash, cucumbers, mini cucumbers, green bell peppers, red bell peppers and eggplant.

“When I was at Omega Produce, I worked with them,” Bachelier said. “I have known them for over 25 years.”

This year, Daily Fresh has added a new grower to its program, extending the company’s season for cucumbers through the winter. The grower is George Sterling in Culiacán, Sinalaoa, who packs the “Makio” label, Bachelier said. “He’ll probably start shipping to us in about a month.”

Bachelier has also represented the “Makio” label in the past while at Omega.

Daily Fresh will have “El Pañuelo” cucumbers only until shortly after Christmas and mini-cucumbers until about the middle of January.

The squash and bell peppers, however, could go through March or even longer, “weather permitting,” Bachelier said.

The “El Pañuelo” deal will start again with cucumbers and other items out of Hermosillo for the spring deal, typically by early March, and finish off with a grape program.