Courtesy Ocean Mist FarmsPartners in Ocean Mist Farms' expanded Baja Mist facility include, from left to right, Roberto Quintana, Gilberto Quintana and Carmen Quintana, owners of Agricola Quintana; Ed Boutonnet, chief executive officer of Ocean Mist Farms; and Troy Boutonnet, vice president of production, Ocean Mist Farms. Ocean Mist Farms has completed the expansion of its Baja Mist production facility in Mexico’s Mexicali Valley.
The 18,000 square-foot site doubles prior capacity, according to a news release. It will process and ship all Ocean Mist commodities grown in Mexico, among them iceless green onions, Brussels sprouts, leeks and radishes. (video: http://tinyurl.com/3lufckk)
“We are now poised to meet growing customer demand for green onions and Brussels sprouts,” Troy Boutonnet, vice president of production at Castroville, Calif.-based Ocean Mist, said in the release.
Dollar and volume sales of green onions increased more than 9% in the U.S. in the 26 weeks ending March 26, according to Perishables Group FreshFacts.
A ribbon-cutting ceremony with Ocean Mist partner Agricola Quintana was held at the facility May 23.
Ocean Mist developed its cooler and process design based on observations of processing facilities in and out of the produce sector, including Coca-Cola Mexico.
“The upgraded design of our plant in Mexico exceeds the current industry standards for product risk management,” Boutonnet said in the release. “We want this facility to be a showcase for all green onion producers regardless of the location.”
The site is spread over nearly 2 acres.