Agroparque de Yecapixtla doubling growing area to 125 acres

Mexico-based Agroparque de Yecapixtla is in the process of a major expansion, more than doubling its growing area to 125 acres from its current 50 acres through an addition to its existing greenhouse and state of the art packaging facility built just two years ago. This expansion will further leverage its scale to expand into cucumbers and peppers.

Village Farms International, Inc. announced it has entered into a new, exclusive, seven-year agreement to sell, market, and distribute Village Farms’ tomato varieties grown by Agroparque de Yecapixtla. Also the cucumbers and peppers to be grown in the new greenhouse will be sold, marketed and distributed under the agreement.

The new agreement extends the existing agreement between the two companies, under which Agroparque de Yecapixtla grows tomato varieties for Village Farms, including Village Farms’ specialty varieties, which are distributed under the Village Farms brand and sold to Village Farms’ retail & food service partners in the United States and Canada.

Aerial view Agroparque de Yecapixtla greenhouse facility

Agroparque de Yecapixtla is located in the state of Morelos, just south of Mexico City, a mountainous region with warm days and cool nights that makes it an excellent area for greenhouse growing, and ideal for tomato, pepper, and cucumber plant cultivation. The company’s master farmers have generations of experience cultivating tomatoes, peppers, and cucumbers. As part of the extended agreement, Village Farms will continue to provide Agroparque de Yecapixtla with technical expertise in growing and packaging operation support, with two full-time Village Farms employees on site.

Michael A. DeGiglio, President & CEO for Village Farms had this to say about the agreement, “We are thrilled to build on this existing and flourishing relationship with Agroparque de Yecapixtla. Village Farms prides itself in its ability to deliver year round consistent quality products to its customers. This new, exclusive, long-term agreement with Agroparque de Yecapixtla further solidifies Village Farms’ value commitment to its customers. And reflecting upon our many years of operating in Mexico we are most grateful to be associated with such a highly respected company led by the honorable Mr. Miguel”.

Alfredo Miguel (left), CEO Agroparque de Yecapixtla and Michael A. DeGiglio (right), President & CEO Village Farms, with Agroparque de Yecapixtla greenhouse in background.

According to Agroparque de Yecapixtla CEO, Alfredo Miguel “We are pleased to commence upon this long term agreement between Village Farms and Agroparque de Yecapixtla, a great achievement uniting not only these two companies but inaugurating the Mexican countryside as a source of reliable and quality product.”

According to Michael Minerva, SVP, Grower Relations & Supply Development for Village Farms, “Working with Agroparque de Yecapixtla over the past year has confirmed for us that we are aligned with a great long-term partner in Mexico who will further enhance our winter supply capabilities for our growing customer base. We look forward to accomplishing great things together in the years to come.”

For more information:
Stephen C. Ruffini
Village Farms International, Inc.
Tel: +1 (407) 936-1190, ext. 340 

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