Church Brothers Farms, a California-based fresh produce farming/shipping company and grower-owned processor, True Leaf Farms, is building a new facility in Northern Mexico to increase the company’s year-round capacity.
The 110,000 square-foot plant is less than one mile from the international border in the town of San Luis Rio Colorado, Sonora; and is located near other large American companies with manufacturing facilities in the area such as Constellation, Gulfstream, Kenworth and Honeywell.
The San Luis plant, as it is known, will employ approximately 250, and start by producing whole leaf lettuce, broccoli florets, iceless broccoli and green onions. The target opening date is end of 2018. Video footage of construction progress may be viewed below.
The Church Brothers Mexico plant will have the same food safety standards as the company’s True Leaf Farms processing plants in Arizona and California, said Brian Church, company CEO.
When completed, the new facility will be unique in that it will handle green onions in a RTE (ready to eat) facility, elevating the food safety environment in which they are packed from the field, Church said.
“We will be feeding this plant with product that we grow from both sides of the border,” Church said. “The new facility will allow us to produce during the summer months, where in the past we were limited to only green onions and other seasonal items. Now we will be sourcing from Mexico year-round to meet our U.S. customers’ growing needs.”
CB Mexico is CTPAT (Custom Trade Partnership Against Terrorism) certified, which gives fresh product expedited entry status allowing for a faster border crossing time and therefore a shorter time to market. The facility is also strategically located 29 miles from the company’s two Yuma, AZ facilities and loading docks.