The firm also has expanded its South San Francisco location with the purchase of a 60,000-square-foot building and 4 acres next to it for future expansion, Freeland said.
The building is scheduled to be occupied in about four months, after improvements are completed.
Del Monte Fresh perfects mango trays, blends
Value-added tropical products are popular offerings from Del Monte Fresh Produce NA Inc., Coral Gables, Fla., said Dennis Christou, vice president of marketing. The company offers Del Monte Gold extra-sweet pineapple, mango and kiwifruit.
The pineapple comes in multiple sizes and mixes. Pineapple spears currently are the company’s most popular stock-keeping unit, he said.
“During the past few months, we have perfected the tray blends and packs for our fresh-cut mango, which is doing very well and rapidly increasing in popularity,” he said.
Kiwifruit usually is used as a garnish in various blends and trays. Although the packs are mainly sold at retail, Christou said foodservice is a growing market.
“Schools have recently been increasing their orders of blends and trays,” he said.
Unity Groves Corp. upgrades packing lines
Unity Groves Corp., Homestead, Fla., has expanded its facility, adding 12,000 square feet of coolers and upgrading its packing lines for avocados and mangoes, said Louie Carricarte, president and owner.
By mid-September, the whole facility is scheduled to be refrigerated, including packing areas.
The company also is adding four loading docks to the seven already in service. Including offices and storage areas, the facility now covers 24,000 square feet.