Videxport S.A. de C.V. and its subsidiary, Empacadora Frutícola Santa Inés, S.A. de C.V., are family-owned and operated businesses. The companies serve as one of Mexico’s leading producers and suppliers of table grapes, watermelons, pecans, and other vegetables with agricultural facilities throughout the state of Sonora, Mexico.
The companies are led today by Gilberto Salazar Escoboza, who also personally oversees the companies’ operations in Carbó, Costa de Hermosillo, and Valle de Guaymas. Videxport has been in existence since the 1970s, when Salazar’s father first founded it, and it remains a family-owned and operated business. In 1987, Salazar took control of the family agricultural business at the age of 23, eventually expanding operations into the industry leaders they are today.
Products and Facilities
The companies specialize in growing, packaging, and shipping table grapes, watermelons, pecans and, most recently, bell peppers. The majority of the companies’ produce is distributed to markets throughout the United States, Canada, England, and Asia. The companies also distribute their produce locally throughout Mexico.
Gilberto Salazar is a hands-on leader, visiting the companies’ farms, agricultural, and packaging facilities on a weekly basis. Salazar has put together an impressive team of managers and employees from different areas of the business with whom he meets regularly in an effort to constantly improve the production, packaging, and quality of Videxport produce.
One of the many things that sets Videxport apart from other agricultural producers is its rigid implementation of safety and quality standards throughout the process of growing, packaging, and shipping its produce. With its state-of-the-art facilities, the company has the infrastructure to strictly adhere to the industry’s best practices. Whether it is providing its employees with high quality working and living facilities or establishing top-notch sanitary practices in and around growing fields and processing areas, Videxport’s focus on food quality and safety as well as its exceptional agricultural practices are unmatched. As a result, Videxport continues to receive the highest quality ratings, certifications, and recognitions for its efforts.
Videxport works hard to adhere to government regulations in both Mexico and the United States, particularly after the signing of a statement of intent that created a partnership between the United States’ Food and Drug Administration and Mexico’s National Service for Agro-Alimentary Public Health, Safety and Quality (SENASICA). Videxport and Empacadora Frutícola Santa Inés work proactively to ensure food safety and integrity by strictly adhering to Good Agricultural Practices, or “GAPs” as they are known in the industry, and as a result have become leaders in exports of Mexican produce to the United States and other markets worldwide.
Videxport, through its divisions, uses carefully engineered processes that ensure optimal produce quality. At harvest, watermelons are transported from the field directly to onsite packaging facilities for sorting by size. Quality assurance and control are conducted onsite and include pressure testing and Brix sweetness testing of the fruits. While the customer dictates specific packing options, the watermelons are usually placed into high-quality cardboard containers or bins, which are then grouped and secured onto pallets. All containers are labeled with a tracking code so that the produce can be monitored and tracked from the day it was harvested until the day it is delivered to the customer. While awaiting shipment, the pallets remain in state-of-the-art storage facilities.
Harvested grapes are likewise immediately transported to onsite sorting facilities where they are placed in designated clusters and boxed. Within hours of harvest, the boxes delivered to the company’s packaging facilities for quality inspection, labeling, and assignment of tracking codes. The boxes of grapes are thereafter placed on pallets and positioned in pre-cooling areas. Once the grapes have attained the required pre-cooled temperatures, the pallets are moved into highly advanced coolers for storage prior to shipment.
Recently, Empacadora Frutícola Santa Inés constructed two new packaging facilities, complete with the latest innovative technology to ensure a streamlined and flawless packaging process. Additionally, Videxport constructed an ultramodern water reservoir, including cutting-edge pumping and water filtration systems, designed specifically for crop irrigation and related needs.
Videxport has also implemented more stringent irrigation controls with a focus on sustainability in an effort to efficiently manage limited water resources; now, 100% of the water used to irrigate its crops comes from deep wells. The company has invested in pressurized irrigation systems for all of its farms and fields to ensure that no water is wasted. In addition, Videxport takes regular water samples from its wells and reservoir, which it then sends to laboratories for analysis to confirm microbiological excellency, superior quality, and the absence of heavy metals and other pollutants.
In addition to their commitment to food safety and sustainable agriculture, Videxport and Empacadora Frutícola Santa Inés are committed to social responsibility and the wellbeing of their dedicated and loyal employees. Gilberto Salazar is determined to make sure that all of his company employees have the best possible working environment. The companies have implemented social responsibility programs and projects, which have led to the construction of new and improved living facilities and work environments that promote education, sanitation, and overall healthy living. In addition, the Salazar companies provide their employees with regular wellness checks, adult and child education programs, daycare programs, religious outreach, and recreation facilities, all developed specifically to improve the health, wellbeing, and support of Videxport and Empacadora Frutícola Santa Inés personnel. The companies continue to explore ways to address social responsibility both for the environment and for the community, fostering healthy recreation and education opportunities for employees and their families.