Del Monte Fresh Partners with Rene Produce for Joint Tomato Venture
- by Jordan Okumura
CORAL GABLES, FL - Del Monte Fresh Produce recently announced that it has signed an agreement with RENE Produce to form a joint venture. The two companies will sell and market tomatoes and other products grown in Mexico to customers in the U.S. and Canada.
“We are very excited to join forces with RENE, one of Mexico’s outstanding fresh produce operators,” said Dennis Christou, Vice President of Marketing at Del Monte, in a company press release. “The joint venture with RENE will allow us to sell and market Round, Roma, Specialty, as well as Organic tomatoes on a year-round basis in the U.S. and Canada. We are also looking forward to working with RENE in the development of diversified vegetables, including some of our proprietary varieties. RENE’s expansive farming operations have been augmented in 2015 with the addition of greenhouses in the state of Jalisco. Combined with our iconic Del Monte® brand, unparalleled distribution footprint, and customer portfolio, this joint venture further demonstrates our continuous commitment to the category.”
Christou added that another area in which the two companies complement each other is their commitment to sustainability, as well as community.
“RENE has an excellent reputation for the strong support they provide to their employees and their families,” Christou continued. “Like Del Monte, RENE has been supporting their employees and their families with housing programs, child education services, breakfast programs for children, and community healthcare clinics.”
Rene Carillo, CEO of RENE Produce, stated that, “As growers, our aim has always been to live by our philosophy of Reliability, Always. We feel very strong about our growing operations, and now with the joint venture with Del Monte, utilizing their superb Sales/Marketing team, we feel we can be one step closer to customers in their marketplace.”
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