SiCar farms opening new facility to handle increasing volume and growth
Having posted explosive growth in the past several years, SiCar Farms of Mission, Texas, is opening a new state of the art facility in December 2018. This new facility is expected to handle three times the company’s current production capacity. With a proven record of offering steady and reliable year-round service/delivery of fresh limes, fresh lime juice, lime oils, as well as other fruits and vegetables.
Founded on its ability to partner and build strong, sustainable relationships with national retailers and food service accounts. SiCar Farms anticipates the new facility will position the company to grow exponentially with new customers. “Since inception (2003) in Mission Texas, we have been determined to provide customer loyalty, exceptional service and quality while maintaining integrity throughout the supply chain as a vertically integrated company,” says Luis Gudino, Chief Executive Officer. “To continue maximizing our commitment to our customers and their need for the highest quality fruits and vegetables, we have installed the latest pallet retrieval technology by Westfalia, an Italian warehouse technology company within our new facility. This will ensure our customers will receive the freshest product every time and that all product is handled with cold chain integrity and first-class warehouse productivity.”
The new SiCar Farms facility is located at 6700 South Bentson Road, McAllen, Texas, with quick access to interstate highways. “Our 110,000 square foot facility, is fully equipped with twenty-eight loading doors, over 80,000 square feet of refrigeration, ripening rooms, three-high pallet racking systems, and 12,000 square feet of office-space,” says Dan Edmeier, Vice President, Sales and Marketing. “Our new facility increases efficiencies in many ways, for example, reducing over fifty percent of forklift traffic throughout the warehouse. Another key advantage is its location. Its locale on the overweight corridor allows us to maximize our container weight and provide lower costs.”
SiCar Farms is a family business with strong roots in the agricultural industry with solid commitment to social responsibility and sustainability. In addition to the new state-of-the-art warehouse/facility, the company is also making sustainable advances on the grower side. “As producers, we’ve recently joined Fair Trade Certified,” says Gudino. “We are the first lime producers to obtain a Fair Trade Certification and we are honored to play a role in the empowerment of our farm communities.”
Nathalie Marin-Gest, Director of Produce and Floral for Fair Trade USA says the organization is proud to partner with SiCar Farms to expand the reach of Fair Trade through the certification of SiCar’s farm in Colima, Mexico. “We are excited to help bring the first-ever Fair Trade Certified limes to market, further empowering SiCar’s farm workers to build sustainable livelihoods for their families and communities while giving shoppers the rewarding opportunity to support these endeavors with every lime they buy,” she says.