SiCar Farms, McAllen Texas has announced the opening of their new location and facility. The new warehouse has 100,000 square feet completely refrigerated, twenty-one loading docks, plus 12,000 square feet of new office space as well as cooler capacity of 85,000 square feet with a storage capacity of just over 120 loads of product.
Luis Gudino, CEO at SiCar Farms states, “Expansion plans have always played a key role in our organization since SiCar Farms offices were opened 2003 in McAllen, Texas. Our operations have vastly increased during the past five years, managing twenty different commodities which has enabled us to increase our customer’s portfolio. In parallel, our assigned volume has also increased as a result of our customers’ satisfaction and trust in our company and brand. This new facility will accommodate three times as much of expected operational capacity. Additionally, industry market’s needs are constantly evolving and so are we; our company principles and focus are innovative, modern and sustainable.”
Technology and robotics
According to the company, the warehouse has the leading edge in rack technology, with most functions controlled by robotics and other high technology sorting line systems. A focus on warehouse efficiencies will optimize inventory operations, increase product flow and reduce forklift traffic throughout the warehouse by over 50 percent, the company said.
SiCar Farms CEO Luis Gudino, and the new facility on the right
It also has plans to install solar panels within the facility by or before 2020. An automated pallet strapping device – which straps each pallet within one minute - will result in time efficiency and reducing overall operational costs. LED lighting throughout, refrigeration system with isolated panels, and an IR2 system, will assist in quality control functions and tasks, it added.
Industry focus and recognition
Gudino adds, “We are positioning our brand in the United States and Canada, and long-term, we would like to expand our business (fresh produce) to other continents. The advantage we have is our CITROJUGO business unit, which is already recognized and delivers processed lime products to Europe and Asia.”
SiCar Farms said it was recently selected and honored with the 2019 Best of Mission Award in the category of Produce Wholesaler. The company will be participating at this year’s 2019 Fresh Summit PMA in Anaheim, California for their 19th year. SiCar Farms' Booth #866 will be showcasing limes, key limes, organic limes, lemons, aloe vera, jicama, oranges, papaya, pineapple, avocados, coconut, peppers, tamarindo, tomatoes and others in the booth.