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Fresh chilis increasingly part of mix for Double Tree Castle

The fresh chili pepper business has become increasing important to Double Tree Castle Inc. German Cabello, the chief operations officer of the Rio Rico, AZ-based, family-owned firm, said the company was established in 2000 and at that time was primarily focused on Mexican chili pepper contracts with U.S. processors. Now, 30- to 40-percent of the firm’s volume goes to the fresh market.

peppers33 “We are first-hand importers and distributors focused mostly on chili peppers supplies year-round,” Cabello said. Double Tree has a core group of about a dozen growers in Sonora, Sinaloa, Chihuahua, Coahuila and Baja. “We do contract base business with processors across the U.S. and supply to wholesale fresh market customers nationwide. We are looking to expand to commercializing other products and cover other growing regions.”

Cabello said the firm works very closely with its growers to assure they have strong food-safety practices.

“That is no longer an optional factor,” he noted. “Our agronomist team is deeply involved in all the growing of the crops process ensuring they meet all USDA and FDA requirements going from the seed until your product is safely packed and shipped.”

The firm ships the Casco Produce brand. All product is pre-cooled and shipped at 40°F. The main pepper varieties shipped by Double Tree are hot jalapeños, Serrano, Anaheim, yellow and red mild bananas, yellow and red hot bananas, no-heat jalapenos, green Bell peppers and tomatillo.