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Rio Fresh’s onion warehouse damaged in fire

Photo courtesy Rio Fresh

San Juan, Texas: On March 31, 2022, a structure fire significantly damaged a large portion of the largest fresh onion packing facilities in South Texas. The Rio Fresh Inc. BB #:106607 family from their offices in San Juan, Texas would like to share the following statement regarding last night’s tragic news:

“Last night a massive fire overtook our onion packing facility. Our family and team are devastated over our loss, but we remain thankful.

Our employees and family were able to evacuate the facility, and everyone made it out safely. We thank God for this tremendous blessing. First responders came from across the valley showed up to help contain a fire that seemed to know no end. Thank you to these brave men and women who put their life on the line to do this critical work.

We are especially grateful to our employees who showed up to help and support us. They stood by our side and worked tirelessly to help us salvage anything possible to minimize the damage. We would be nowhere without these faithful teammates, and we humbly thank them.

Farming families are accustomed to storms and trials. At this time, our team is working with the community to identify continuation plans as we are still mid-season with a bountiful crop before us. We continually count our blessings and look forward to brighter days and better seasons. Trusting God, we will put one foot in front of the other to rebuild our business – always remembering how much we have to be thankful for.

Please pray for our family and employees. God is good.

Taste and see that the Lord is good; blessed is the one who takes refuge in him. Psalm 34:8”

About Rio Fresh

Rio Fresh Inc. is a third generation, family farming operation in South Texas. They grow, pack, and ship a large variety of Texas-grown items including: Texas 1015 Sweet Onions, cabbage, kale, greens, and melons.

About the Texas International Produce Association

The Texas International Produce Association (TIPA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to educating, advocating, promoting, and representing the over $10 billion of fresh fruits and vegetables that are grown in Texas or consider Texas their first point of arrival for domestic distribution. TIPA was created in 1942 by a group of industry leaders who shared a vision to expand the region’s produce industry. Today, TIPA represents over 320 member companies throughout the fresh produce supply chain. Membership ranks include growers, shippers, grocery stores, foodservice distributors, importers and a host of allied industries.