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R.C.F. preps for winter veg deal

by Tad Thompson | December 02, 2014

RIO RICO, AZ — December will bring shipments of chili peppers and yellow, red and green Bell peppers from R.C.F Produce Inc., a produce distributor based here.

In January will come a few tomatoes from Baja and a volume shipments of Romas from Sinaloa, said Malu Crespo, who is R.C.F.’s president and general manager.

Malu Crespo, R.C.F.’s president and general manager, and Steve Damon, the firm’s citrus salesman.

Mangoes and Romas are the largest-volume commodities shipped by R.C.F. It handles a long list of other fresh produce items as well.

The firm’s Mexican mango deal runs from February through September. The firm’s mango deal starts in Chiapas, Oaxaca, Michoacán and Guerrero, and then is followed by Jalisco, Nayarit and finally with Sinaloa to finish the mango deal.

R.C.F. markets Ecuadoran mangos in December and January. It receives some Mexican mangoes through McAllen, TX.

R.C.F. will substantially increase its citrus sales this winter. The firm has slowly built its Mexican citrus volume over the last two shipping seasons.

Steve Damon, R.C.F.’s citrus salesman, said,
“The quality and taste match up with our competitors in the industry.”

The citrus will be shipped under the “R.C.F.” brand.

R.C.F.’s expanded lemon deal ran from August through October. The firm’s high-volume Mexican grapefruit deal will run from November until June, Crespo said.

R.C.F. is shipping Mexico’s “Arizona Sweet” orange variety from November through March. Valencia orange imports and distribution will start in January and run through July.

The firm’s Mexican tangerine and Minneola deals will run from December through February.

Persian limes will be available from November through July and Cara Cara oranges November through January.

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