Job offersmore »

Tweeting Growers

Top 5 - yesterday

  • No news has been published yesterday.

Top 5 - last week

Top 5 - last month

Exchange ratesmore »

Mexico: Organic produce to supply North American consumers

Increased organic supply has competition getting fierce – the future of Mexican grown organic produce will include smaller gaps in supply and long-term seasonal pricing. It will be good for the end customer but will create more challenges for organic producers. 

Competition between small growers and conglomerates
"Smaller organic growers must be smart to compete with larger conglomerates that have primarily conventional acreage and the infrastructure and history to turn out large volumes with lower production costs," says Oscar Trujillo of Bridges produce. Bridges Produce is in the midst of their extensive Mexican program; primary partners are Rico Farms and Floriza En Los Parajes. Commodities supplied by these farms include zucchini, cucumbers, eggplant (October – May), bell peppers (January-April), hot peppers (October-June), melons (November-December & April-June) and hard squash. Bridges’ robust year-round hard squash program (acorn, butternut, spaghetti, kabocha and delicata) is sourced domestically during the late summer/early fall to compliment the Mexican growing season. 

Bridges Produce has thousands of acres in production at any given time between the Rico Farms label and the Aztlan label. “We’re definitely adding acreage every season,” says Trujillo. Bridges Produce’s supply rotates between three growing regions as they move through the season. “Prices have become more aggressive as there is more competition over the past couple of years. It’s becoming more of a buyer’s market.” 

Trujillo is continually impressed by the quality of organics turned out, and the professionalism of the growers. “Our Mexican growers are top tier,” he says. “They’re pros, they have extensively studied organics and agriculture, they’re trained engineers and they take their jobs very seriously.” Rico Farms for example has an onsite lab and does their own routine testing for pathogens. “The farm is state of the art, plus it is certified Fair Trade and has extensive employee benefits such as continuing education programs,” he says about Rico Farms which provides Bridge’s Produce with melons, eggplants, green beans, cucumbers, hot peppers, and squash.

More production throughout Mexico does mean more food on the tables of consumers but also the possibility for produce to remain unsold. Trujillo’s advice on mitigating food waste is to, “get more feedback and get more involved at the farm level, don’t sit back and react to what’s happening. Growers and marketers must collect data and be more strategic in crop planning and selling programs to better match market demand.”

For more information:
Oscar Trujillo
Bridges Produce
Ph: (520) 761-1977

Publication date: 3/2/2018



Other news in this sector:

6/22/2018 EU: Ten-year reprieve for organic hydroponic growers
6/18/2018 US: Rodale Institute announces Chief Scientist
6/15/2018 “The Netherlands is an organic production paradise”
6/15/2018 Russia’s focus on organic agriculture
6/13/2018 IFOAM appoints new Standard Committee
6/12/2018 Meagre rewards for organic farmers in Japan
6/11/2018 "Senate Farm Bill provides historic advancements for organic agriculture"
6/8/2018 US farmers are dropping organic labels
6/5/2018 Young Greek families see value in organic vegetables
6/5/2018 "U.S. growers are dropping organic labels"
5/30/2018 TOFF excursion will tour innovative organic farms in North Holland
5/25/2018 US: Organic sector sees steady growth of 6.4 percent in 2017
5/24/2018 Vietnam: Organic product market expects higher growth
5/23/2018 EU: New rules for organic production
5/17/2018 Spain: Almeria wants to double the greenhouse acreage devoted to organic crops
5/16/2018 US: Toolkit helps growers understand the economics of seed
5/15/2018 Organic greenhouse vegetables: “Demand surpasses supply”
5/15/2018 USDA finds lack of consensus for new organic marketing board
5/10/2018 First quarter organic sales start strong in 2018
5/4/2018 "We want organic quality to become the standard within gastronomy"