“Our customers always want the perfect colored banana, and you can’t give them that unless you’re controlling the entire process from beginning to end,” he said.
Not only does the new facility provide more square footage, but it also has higher ceilings, allowing pallets to be stacked three high compared to the double stacking in the old facility, Stewart said.
In addition, the new facility is about two-thirds coolers compared with only about 50% coolers in the old place, and administrative office space also was expanded by about 50%, he said.
Stewart attributed continued growth in the distributor’s core organic customer base for the expansion.
VegiWorks Inc. has moved in phases from its old 12,500-square-foot facility into Earl’s former 20,000-square-foot slot and will open in its new digs May 6, Janis said.