Fresh 2 U Cooling Inc. is leasing a 70,000-square foot cooling facility in Thermal, Calif., once operated by Frank Capurro & Sons.
Fresh 2 U Cooling owner Mark Draper is a former vegetable grower who once supplied DiMare Fresh, Frank Capurro & Sons and Ocean Mist Farms in the Coachella area. The company opened the site, vacant for more than two years, in March.
Art Molina is the company’s general manager and Victor Sarabia is food safety coordinator.
Commodities cooled so far include string beans, squash, red and green bell peppers, sweet corn, watermelons and grapes.
“We’re in the process of talking to some shippers out of Mexico about getting green onions, celery, leeks, cilantro and other products,” Draper said. “There is capacity for two hydrovacs. We’re not doing that right now, but if someone wants that it’s certainly a possibility.”
“We’re also going to run some fresh herbs,” he said.
The site has three wet rooms – two are racked – and a pre-cool room with eight tunnels and capacity to cool 128 pallets and store product. A wet loading dock has 12 truck bays. There are two dry rooms and a dry loading dock with six bays.
Four more docks are on the south side of the building.
Fresh 2 U Cooling has a PrimusLabs food safety certification and is pursuing a Global Food Safety Initiative certification, he said.