PAQUIMÉ packs more peaches
The Paquimé Fruit Cooperative in Casas Grandes is focusing more on peaches as area growers remove their apple trees. The cooperative, which has about 100 members, packs 1.5 million cartons of peaches a year.
“We used to pack a million cartons of apples, but it’s way down because more and more people have pulled apples out,” said John Robinson, board chair and a founding member of the cooperative, which was founded in 1989.
All the peaches, other than those sensitive to chilling injury, are hydrocooled on arrival at the plant. First-grade fruit is packed in Pantapaks.
The cooperative—the largest in the area—has its own trucking company to deliver the fruit to major cities in Mexico, including Mexico City, Monterey, and Guadalajara. The cooperative exported one load to San Antonio, Texas, last season. “They liked them and wanted another load, but it was towards the end of the season,” Robinson said.
The name “Paquimé” means “big houses” in Indian dialect.