Billy the Kid Produce, LLC in Deming, NM has entered an agreement with L&M to be their exclusive onion marketer. Both Billy the Kid and L&M are family-owned businesses with strong values and a shared focus on excellent quality and customer service.
“We are honored to be working together with Billy and the Franzoy family to service our customers and help them grow their businesses. Over the years, the Franzoys have made impressive investments in their operation. The scale and progressive nature of their culture made it a natural fit for L&M,” said John Oxford, President & CEO of L&M.
Billy the Kid operates a state-of-the-art facility within 20 miles of all of their onion fields. The packing facility boasts over 100,000 square feet with photo optic sizers and robotic palletizers that ensure maximum efficiency and consistency in sizing, sorting, and stacking.
Billy the Kid will grow approximately 700 acres of onions this season, beginning harvest in late May and continuing through mid-August.
“Our new partnership with Billy the Kid fits very well with L&M’s onion program. Our California crop wraps up at the end of May and we begin harvest on our Kansas crop in mid-August. This partnership will allow for a seamless transition and an uninterrupted supply of quality onions for our customers,” said Derek Ennis, L&M’s Potato & Onion Sales Manager.
“We’re excited to be working with L&M and look forward to a long future together,” said Billy Franzoy, Billy the Kid’s founder and a grower for the partnership.
“For the past 30 years I have represented my family to the onion industry. My decision to step out of onion sales was driven by the fact that I need to spend more time focused on the growth of the Hatch Chile Factory,” said Chris Franzoy, President & CEO, Young Guns. “The decision to hand over the onion marketing reins to L&M was an easy one to make. They have a great track record and are leaders in the industry. I’m very excited for both L&M and Billy the Kid, and I know for a fact there is no better company to represent my family,” he continued.
L&M is a grower and shipper of fresh fruits and vegetables with more than 54 years in the industry, specializing in potatoes & onions; Eastern & Mexican vegetables; and apples, pears & cherries. www.lmcompanies.com
Formed by Billy Franzoy, Billy the Kid Produce has been growing onions since the 1970’s. Today – along with his 4 sons – this 4th generation farming family has become a preeminent onion grower in New Mexico.