Idaho Falls, ID-based Eagle Eye Produce, a grower/shipper of potatoes, onions, watermelons and Nogales vegetables, has expanded its year-round onion programs with the addition of Central Produce Distribution Inc. of Payette, ID.
“This expansion allows us to strengthen our onion growing, packing and shipping capabilities immensely. It aligns with our overall mission to be the partner of choice to our customers with smart, controlled growth by diversifying to key geographical locations, bolstering our supply and growing our year-round onion programs,” said Lance Poole, executive vice-president of Eagle Eye Produce.
Eagle Eye's expansion allows the grower/shipper to strengthen its onion growing, packing and shipping capabilities.
Central Produce Distribution Inc. is comprised of family farms, including WBH Farms of Nyssa, OR and Starr Island Farms Inc. of Ontario, OR, which has a strong heritage and decades of experience growing and shipping onions in Western Idaho and Eastern Oregon.
“Eagle Eye Produce has built a great name and reputation within the potato and onion market. They bring the sales and marketing expertise which meshes nicely with our decades of experience packing, growing and shipping high-quality onions and potatoes. We’re optimistic about what the future will bring and we’re looking forward to a great first season,” said Ray Burzota, president/general manager of Central Produce.
“As a family business, we have been impressed to see that Eagle Eye Produce runs like a family business. They work hard and are willing to help wherever needed to ensure we can both see the fruits of our labor. We are happy to be working with Eagle Eye Produce and we feel it will further propel our businesses forward,” said Randy Bowns of WBH Farms.
Left to right: Randy Bowns of WBH Farms, Ray Burzota of Central Produce Distribution Inc., Lance Poole of Eagle Eye Produce.
With this expansion, Austin Wagstaff, formerly of Central Produce, is stepping into a new role for Eagle Eye Produce as sales and grower relations. Wagstaff earned his degree in Agriculture Business at Utah State University. After that, he took a position at Central Produce and WBH Farms where he remained for four years. Wagstaff grew up working for his family’s multigeneration farm and has held several positions from food safety, transportation and grower relations to sales and marketing.
“We have been impressed with the reputation Eagle Eye Produce maintains with its growers, employees and partners. We share the same vision and strong values and I look forward to expanding this program even further,” said Wagstaff.