Class Produce boosts fresh-cut with new plant

11/13/2013 02:31:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Mid-Atlantic wholesaler Class Produce Group LLC is opening a fresh-cut processing plant.

The start of TGD Cuts LLC marks the Jessup, Md.-based Class Produce’s entrance into processing its own fresh-cut products.

Class ProduceClass Produce renovated a 60,000-square-foot warehouse adjacent to its headquarters and is producing 10,000 pounds a day of sliced apples, melon chunks, salad blends, fruit and vegetable combinations, salsas and other products including de-stemmed grapes, said Matt Moon, a TGD Cuts salesman.

The operation can produce more than one million pounds of product a week and allows TGD Cuts to serve customers with a variety of custom packs, he said.

“Some of our larger customers are looking at different ways of packaging products that can appeal to different consumer groups and ages,” Moon said. “They can have some fun with it, particularly with the younger demographics. Providing these products helps promote healthy eating lifestyles for young parents with their kids.”

In the past seven years, Class has sold fresh-cut supplied by other companies, but the needs of a competitive industry required the third-generation family business to process the fruit in-house, Moon said.

Class Produce distributes a full line of conventional and organic produce including specialties and tropicals to retail and foodservice customers from South Carolina to Maine.

Deemer Class in 1936 founded the company on the former Baltimore Marsh Market and later relocated to the Pulaski Highway Market.

In the mid-1970s, his son, W.D. “Pete” Class ran the operation on the newly opened Maryland Wholesale Produce Market in Jessup before moving to its current location, managed by his sons, Billy Class, Bobby Class and Jonny Class.



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