Martex Farms was established in 1989. The Southern coast of Puerto Rico was chosen as its locale due to its optimal climate conditions, soil attributes, pure water sources, topographical characteristics and transportation logistics. The first five to six years of operation were dedicated to planting and developing the mango orchards until they reached full commercial production maturity. The first significant export crop was produced in 1996 (200,000 (4kg) boxes), sold primarily within the European marketplace.
Since, Martex has continued to grow operations by expanding production volume through the acquisition of new farms and diversified by introducing numerous products. In 2000 Martex Farms purchased three of Fruits International’s farms and all of its assets, including a packaging plant, hot water treatment plant and the rights to use the company’s well established Pango Mango brand name. At the time the new acquisition gave Martex a 70 per cent stake in Puerto Rican mango production and made the company the largest domestic mango producer in the U.S., producing over 2 million 4kg boxes (20 million pounds) of fruit for export each year. Today, Martex has achieved strong sales and has established a well-respected name and reputation in the industry for safe premium quality products, particularly in the premier distribution and retailing chains in Europe.
The company produces mainly the Keitt variety with complementing orchards of Palmer and Parvin. Under the Pango Mango and Tropi Mango brands, Martex Farms exports its mango production to the United Kingdom, France, Germany, Netherlands and the United States, supplying the most prestigious retailers. The company produces for the domestic market, under the VENY brand: mango, banana, plantain, avocado, mamey sapote, spanish lime (quenepa), papaya, among others, as well as green bananas, peeled, pre-cooked and ready to heat and eat as part of their fresh cut value-added produce programme. Martex Farms supplies the leading retailing chains in the Island, the hotel and restaurant industry, as well as cruise ships.