General Produce upgrades facilities

General Produce Inc., Atlanta, has upgraded its north Florida cross-docking facility.

The company, which operates at the Atlanta State Farmers Market, Forest Park, Ga., installed refrigeration inside its Starke, Fla., facility.

In November, General installed 20,000 square feet of cooling capacity.

General uses the facility to pick up and consolidate produce loads from throughout Florida. It delivers the products to retail and foodservice customers throughout Florida and Georgia, said Andrew Scott, sales and procurement manager.

Scott said General is also experiencing strong increases in direct-to-retail store deliveries.

Nickey Gregory Co. expands to Miami

Nickey Gregory Co. Inc. is in its second year of distributing produce in south Florida.

The Atlanta-based wholesale produce company opened a Miami wholesaling operation in early 2011.

The distributor serves a mix of retail, foodservice jobbers and wholesale customers.

Nickey Gregory, president and owner, said the operation is going well.

“South Florida is a great market,’ he said. “There are a lot more small independents in Miami. Our operation there has opened us up to a lot more smaller customers we couldn’t service before out of Atlanta.”

Since its operation is close to Miami’s ports, Nickey Gregory is increasing the amount of imports it sources but is sourcing only a small percentage of overseas product, Gregory said.

Nickey Gregory, founded in 2000, sells a full line of produce.

Sutherland’s V.P. adds Destiny Organics duties

Diana Earwood, longtime general manager of the produce division for Sutherland’s Foodservice Inc., Atlanta, is now also general manager of Forest Park-based Destiny Organics.

Earwood, who began working in sales for the family-owned Sutherland’s in 1996, took on the leadership position at Destiny in November.

Destiny, Sutherland’s sister company, distributes organic and natural products to customers throughout the Southeast, while Sutherland’s is a broadliner foodservice wholesaler with customers primarily in the greater metropolitan Atlanta area.

“I’m happy to take on this new role and get a little closer to the Georgia-grown products and the farmer perspective. I like to get on top of what people are really interested in these days,” she said.

Earwood said both companies are enjoying added sales.