14 Mar Success Stories: How VPM found the technology partner it needed
J. Huete International has always maintained a strong commitment to its clients’ projects, getting involved in the development from the conception of the business idea. VPM, an important Mexican tomato producer, is a good example of this.
The company, which had extensive business experience, decided to grow tomatoes in a high-tech greenhouse in 2011. Due to the option of signing a contract with another major US company, they grew the beef variety.
While the project was being developed, and with the support of J. Huete International, the project was conceptualised in a different way: they allied with another strategic partner to export tomatoes of the TOV variety not only to the USA but also to Canada. As part of the first phase, three hectares of 9.6′ greenhouses with double overhead ventilation, air heating, a double layer of plastic on the roof, recirculators, ground cover netting, fertigation system, and metal water tanks were built. In addition, a packing shed of more than 1,000 square metres, including an irrigation room, offices, changing rooms, etc., was added.
J. Huete International: full support
All beginnings are hard and this was no exception. The results were not very good due to the lack of experience in the management of the personnel and growers that the project had. J.Huete International, through its subsidiary in Mexico, put the company in contact with external advisors from Ceickor, with whom it had been working for some time, as part of its close accompaniment of the clients.
This total accompaniment allowed for a closer relationship with VPM, and to support the effort that the company has made from day one, to grow despite the fact that the project was already built and operating. The relationship between these growers and the Mexican company was fruitful and has continued to the present day, with very good results.
The evolution from then on was magnificent and in 2014, VPM needed to expand its high-tech greenhouse project, adding 1.2 hectares of these facilities, which were designed and built, once again, by J. Huete International. This time it was a wider model, 12.80m, again with double zenithal ventilation, simple plastic on the roof and perimeter, air heating, recirculators, fertigation systems, soil cover netting… The following year, in 2015, another 1.3 hectares of high-tech greenhouses with the same characteristics were added, to later include an extension to the packing house of a further 1,000 m2 with a warehouse, offices, changing rooms…
The VPM project continued to go from strength to strength and requested a third expansion phase from J. Huete International in 2016 and 2017, adding a total of 2.7 hectares of 12.80m greenhouses with similar characteristics, this time including two water reservoirs and an irrigation house, as well as elevated cultivation systems.
In 2021 it was the turn of the fourth expansion phase of this project. VPM and J. Huete International planned a total of 2.3 hectares of high-tech greenhouses, again 12.80m high, with double zenithal ventilation, single plastic, heating, recirculators, soil cover netting, fertigation, metal water reservoirs and elevated cultivation systems with a metal channel to promote optimal root growth.
During all these years, the support provided by J. Huete International to VPM demonstrates the company’s strong commitment to its customers, helping them to develop their ideas from the drawing board to the ground, participating in the conception, design and manufacturing phases of high-tech greenhouse projects.
“J. Huete International is an excellent technological partner because they have a very good technical department, with professional and passionate people. They have accompanied us and provided us with service whenever we have needed it”, says VPM.