The fifth annual Viva Fresh Produce Expo will kick off on Thursday, April 25, with an opportunity for growers, wholesalers and distributors to tour the San Antonio Wholesale Produce Market (SAWPM). The SAWPM is a key unified wholesale center for fresh produce and related industries.
The SAWPM facility was inaugurated in April 2016 and offers innovative warehousing solutions for growers and distributors of perishable products as well as a centralized location for conducting business. The Viva Fresh tour will include at least one of the SAWPM’s existing warehouses within the development’s first phase as well as an opportunity to learn about upcoming plans for expansion.
“We’re thrilled to have the Viva Fresh attendees tour our facility and view the opportunities that it can offer,” said Fernando Narvaez, director of sales and marketing for SAWPM. “The tour is specifically designed for anyone interested in working with wholesalers and distributors located here as well as anyone looking for a location for a branch or distribution/warehouse or processing center in San Antonio.”
The new development projects at SAWPM represent an investment in a quickly expanding industry. San Antonio is the ideal location for many Mexican exporters who are looking to grow their business, as well as U.S.-based companies that are looking for opportunities to access larger Texas markets. The next phase of development will include build-to-suit leases that are ideal for growers, wholesalers, distributors and processors of fresh produce or other perishables. These custom spaces can offer refrigerated, freezer, dry and office spaces within a growing community of tenants in the industry.
“In the past 10 years, imports from Mexico through Texas have increased by more than 122 percent. As this trend continues, it’s exciting to see new developments such as the San Antonio Wholesale Produce Market that offers vital infrastructure to support this region’s growth,” said Dante Galeazzi, president of the Texas International Produce Association.
Buses will depart from the JW Marriott for tours of the SAWPM on Thursday, April 25, at 10 a.m. and 1 p.m. Light refreshments will be provided. To reserve a spot on one of the tours, click here.