Co-Founder and President
Taxco Produce Inc.
Alfredo Duarte is the co-founder and President of Taxco Produce Inc. Taxco Produce opened in 1985 in the Farmer’s Market District in Dallas, Texas. Jesse Mendoza and Alfredo Duarte were one of the first area produce vendors to recognize a growing trend toward Mexican food. They felt that a company that targeted this market could be successful in the Dallas area. Little did they or others in the food business realize the extent to which that market would one day grow.
Over the years, the small company, which began with the present owners filling every job from buyer to delivery person, has grown significantly. In late 1998 the company moved to its present location which allowed for easy access to the Produce District and major freeways. As the Hispanic influence and market share has seen exponential growth, Taxco Produce has found itself in the forefront of food service distribution with an emphasis on Mexican Imported food products. Contacts throughout the Southwest and Mexico have provided a steady flow of Mexican food resources vital to the restaurant and food service operator. Taxco has been fortunate to list among its customers, more than 1,000 local restaurants, stores and food outlets. As the customer base grew, so did the inventory base at Taxco. While keeping the original name as a produce company it is now a full line food service company, now providing everything from meat and cheese to paper and cleaning supplies, in addition to produce.
Mr. Duarte is a counselor and founder of Consejo Promexico and a counselor of Nafinsa in Texas. Mr. Duarte has been honored with the 2004 Award for the US Mexican Businessman of the Year as well as 2011 Immigrant of the Year Award by Dallas Communities. He received the 2005 International Award of Yacatecutli for contributing to the growth of commercial relations between Mexico and the United States. He is a member of Nuestra Senora Del Pilar Catholic Church and also is active in St. Cecilia Catholic Parish. He also serves as a trustee for The Catholic Foundation. Chartered in 1955, The Catholic Foundation was founded by a group of dedicated Catholic laymen with a vision that extended far beyond the charitable needs of the moment. This independent, nonprofit corporation has dedicated its resources to compassionate charitable giving through grants provided by benefactors through its many planned giving programs. Over the years, the Foundation has provided more than $77.5 million to meet the needs of the local Catholic community through grants to various religious, educational and charitable organizations. Mr Duarte has also served on the Catholic Foundation Advisory Counsel. The work of The Catholic Foundation is enhanced by a volunteer Advisory Council, a group of individuals recognized for their contributions to the Catholic community and members of the professional community of attorneys, accountants and other financial experts. Nominated by the Board of Trustees of The Catholic Foundation, Advisory Council members serve to increase the visibility and reputation of The Catholic Foundation in the community and add to the expertise available to the Foundation.