About Us

History

National Onion, Inc. began in 1982 as a fresh fruit & vegetable brokerage firm located in El Paso, TX. A partnership was soon formed with growers in the area of Delicias, Chihuahua, Mexico, about 250 miles south of El Paso, to produce the highest quality onion, jalapeno, and chile products. While the vegetable and fruit brokerage continues, the heart of the business is now the sale and distribution of fresh onions as well as fresh and processed jalapeno and chile products.

Philosophy

At National Onion, Inc. our main objective is to supply the highest quality product through consistent customer service. We believe success comes through integrity and fair dealings with customers as well as suppliers. To sustain long-term business relationships we feel that keeping our commitments is of highest priority.

People

National Onion Inc. (United States):

Steven Smith   - President / Owner / General Sales
Paulette Smith  - Vice President
Luke Smith   - Sales / Logistics Manager / Jalapeno & Chile Supervisor
Juanita Ramos   - Accountant / Comptroller / Office Manager
Micah Smith   - Sales / Logistics Coordinator

Agrocosa (Chihuhahua, Mexico):

Carlos Eulalio "Lalo" Gomez   - Production Manager / Head Grower
Elizabeth Gomez Amaya   - Administrative Manager
Veronica Gomez Carrillo   - Logistics Manager / Human Resource Manager
Miriam Gomez   - Processing Plant Manager

Facilities

New Mexico Office

National Onion Inc. maintains two sales offices. The main office is located in Las Cruces, New Mexico and serves as the corporate office and accounting center. All of National Onion Inc.'s invoicing and record keeping flow through the New Mexico office. This office is also dedicated to the sales and logistics of our jalapeno and chile products through Luke Smith.

Attn: Juanita Ramos-Lopez
P.O.Box 7206
Las Cruces, NM 88006
Ph: 801-785-7966

Utah Sales Office

Our Cedar Hills, Utah office acts as a satellite sales office for both Steven and Micah Smith. The location allows our salesmen to be closer to the northern onion crops of Utah, Washington and Idaho and to be in better touch with the local growers and shippers.

Utah Sales Offices

594 W. 3300 N.
Pleasant Grove, UT 84062
Ph: 801-785-7966

Growing

Our (Agrocosa) three farms located in and around Meoqui, Chihuahua, Mexico total almost 4,000 acres. In any given year, half of the acreage is dedicated to onions and jalapeno products, with the balance in rotation crops. To provide the water needed in the arid environment, our grower has drilled five large individual wells that are dedicated exclusively to our farms.

One third of these fields are equipped with "drip irrigation" which not only allows the grower to closely manage watering schedules but also conserves limited water resources. Our grower also utilizes an onion growing technique known as "transplanting." Onion seed is planted in seed beds and grown until the stalk of the onion sprout has reached the desired size. Each onion plant is then moved by hand and planted individually in the field rows. The technique ensures proper spacing and reduces crowding which in turn increases the yield of single-centered onions; the ideal for onion ring processing.

Production

The Agrocosa Production Facility is located in the center of the Delicias Valley, about 250 miles south of El Paso, Texas. With more than 150,000 sq ft of production and warehouse space, this facility has the finest cleaning, sorting, cutting, blanching and packaging equipment available. The staff includes university-degreed personnel in Production and QA. This facility has scored over 98% (Excellent) on the past 5 consecutive independent Silliker Labs factory audits.

Distribution

Our warehousing and distribution facility in El Paso, TX includes 160,000 sq ft of ambient dry warehouse space, and 10,000 sq ft of temperature-controlled storage. At the height of the shipping season, we frequently load 30 semi-truck loads per day of onion and jalapeno products.