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About Us

With a diverse range of backgrounds and experience,
 our team has a rich history building fruitful partnerships.

  • Location

    Corporate Headquarters
    702 E. Interstate 2
    Mission, TX 78572

Our Team

  • Leo Espinosa General Manager
    With over 15 years of combined experience in the juice processing and retail industries in both domestic and international markets, Leonel joined the sales team in 2019. In January of 2023 Leo was promoted to General Manager. Originally from Monterrey, Mexico, Leonel has a degree in International Business from Monterrey Technological Institute (ITESM) and master’s degrees in Public Politics and in Sales & Marketing.
  • Justin Simpson Director of Operations
    With over 20 years of plant operations experience Justin joined our team in 2004. Justin began his career in Food Safety and Quality and in 2020 assumed the role of Director of Operations. During this time he has made numerous upgrades to the facility to improve operations and quality. In 2009 he led the facility to become GFSI certified. Justin is a Graduate of Texas A&M University holding a Bachelor’s degree in Food Science and Technology.
  • Ninfa Sepulveda Sr. Finance Manager
    With over 25 years of experience in plant operational finance and inventory management, Ninfa joined our team in 2005. Now as RGJ's finance manager, she spearheads all of our standard costing, budgeting, and financial planning. She also leads a team on financial year-end audits along with month-end close processes.
  • Mayra Beltran Sr. Sales Manager
    With over 20 years of experience in the food and beverage industry, with the last 12 years specifically in citrus. During that time, she managed sales and supply chain in the juice and citrus oil business. Mayra joined the sales team in 2023. Originally from Colima, Mexico, Mayra has a degree in Business Administration and a Major in Business Development.
  • Norma Perez Accounting Supervisor
    Norma joined the finance team in 2007. Her focus is in A/P and A/R, and she assists the Purchasing supervisor as a backup. She relocated from California, where she worked as an office manager for 15 years in the agriculture business.
  • Luis Hernandez Food Safety & Quality Supervisor
    With over 6 years in the citrus industry, Luis started his career in the fresh fruit division and joined Rio Grande in 2019. In 2020 Luis moved into the FSQA department and quickly worked to improve and streamline processes. Luis is also leads the continuous improvement programs at Rio Grande. Luis is originally from Tamaulipas, Mexico and has a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley.
  • Ruth Sheppard Sales Assistant
    Ruth has been with us since 2001, handling invoicing, releases, and logistics. Now she works directly with all of our clients, helping them get just what they need.
  • Maricela Duran Sales Assistant
    Maricela joined the sales team in 2015. She creates orders, handles invoices and follows up with releases. Working closely with all of our customers, she makes sure every order is fulfilled on time and to spec.
  • 1968
  • 1968-71
  • 1974-81
  • 1983-88
  • 1989-93
  • 1998-2003
  • 2005-09
  • 2009-13
  • 2014-19


The Rio Grande Juice Company has been working closely with citrus growers for over 50 years. In 2015, we became a division of Wonderful Citrus, America’s largest integrated grower, packer, and shipper of fresh citrus.

  • History

    The Rio Grande Juice Company has been working closely with citrus growers for over 50 years. In 2015, we became a division of Wonderful Citrus, America’s largest integrated grower, packer, and shipper of fresh citrus.

  • May 1968

    Texas Citrus Exchange (TCX), a cooperative, is formed when a group of Rio Grande Valley citrus packers needed an outlet for their packing house elimination fruit.

    • 1968-71

      Construction of a new processing plant begins in Mission, Texas. The facility is home to the new TCX.

    • October 1971

      Juicing begins at the Mission plant using Brown Juice Extractors. The plant could initially move 40 tons/hour.

    • 1974-75

      Several additions are made to the facility, doubling the capacity and throughput.

    • 1980-81

      TCX adds a concentrate tank farm to the plant for bulk storage, increasing capacity by more than one million gallons.

    • 1981

      TCX and Tetra Pak install one of the first aseptically packaged juice lines in the country with a line of retail units for orange and grapefruit juice.

    • Christmas 1983

      A massive freeze decimates the citrus crop in south Texas when temperatures drop into the teens.

    • 1984

      Citrus processing slows down and custom processing begins for plants in Mexico. TCX builds and patents one of the first Aloe Vera juice extractors.

    • 1988

      The canning operation in the Harlingen plant—consisting of citrus juice and blends—moves to the Mission plant.

    • Christmas  1989

      Another massive freeze decimates the valley citrus crop, cutting output in half. Fruit volume remains low until the 1993 season.

    • 1991

      The only other juice processor in south Texas closes, leaving TCX as the sole citrus juice processor.

    • 1993

      The retail packaging division adds a 40,000-square-foot dry warehouse for finished goods storage.

    • 1998

      The first bottling line is added to the retail division, producing a number of juice blends and juice cocktails.

    • 1999

      TCX partners with Citrus World Inc. to handle the sale of finished goods. Canning and bottling lines are modernized for efficiency, and HACCP plans are implemented on all lines even before the FDA requirement in 2002.

    • summer 2003

      A Brown Premium pulp cell recovery system is added to recover premium pulp cells.

    • 2005

      TCX begins brewing tea for Sweet Leaf Tea, and the bottling line is upgraded to package glass containers.

    • 2006-07

      Fruit unloading upgrades include truck lifts and finishing capacity. Additional Brown Oil Extractors increase cold-press oil recovery.

    • 2008-09

      TCX implements GFSI and, in October 2009, the facility is certified under the IFS standard, which remains today.

    • Early 2009

      TCX adds a modern bottling line to the Retail Packaging Division. The product line expands with new flavors like grape and vegetable juice and cranberry cocktail.

    • August 2009

      TCX begins co-packing for Texas Tea, adding a newcomer to the tea category. The line has expanded from five flavors to more than a dozen.

    • 2013

      TCX doubles the capacity of the Not From Concentrate (NFC) juice system to meet new demand.

    • Summer 2014

      Brown Juice Extractors are removed and a new JBT Juice Extraction System is installed. Oil and pulp cell recovery along with fruit receiving are upgraded, streamlined, and automated, reducing costs and downtime.

    • July 1, 2015

      Wonderful Citrus acquires TCX, renaming it the Rio Grande Juice Company. To learn more, visit

    • Feb 2019

      All bottling operations ceased so we could focus our efforts on bulk citrus products.


The Rio Grande Juice Company has been working closely with citrus growers for over 50 years. In 2015, we became a division of Wonderful Citrus, America’s largest integrated grower, packer, and shipper of fresh citrus.


702 E. Interstate 2
Mission, TX 78572
(956) 598-6800

Mayra Beltran
Sr. Sales Manager

[email protected]

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