Wholesale Produce sees growth

05/28/2014 01:29:00 PM
Melissa Shipman

Minneapolis-based Wholesale Produce Supply Co. is continuing its growth trend with the addition of more facility space, said Brian Hauge, president.

“By the end of this year, we’ll have nearly 170,000 total square feet,” Hauge said.

Of that, 10,000 square feet will be in a newly expanded facility in Winnipeg, Canada; 20,000 square feet in a potato and onion facility in Big Lake, Minn.; and 150,000 square feet at the headquarters in Minneapolis.

More than 30,000 square feet of the Minneapolis expansion is dedicated specifically to fresh-cut operations.

“We’re seeing great opportunities for fresh-cut across the board, and having the distribution here around Minneapolis is key because it adds five extra days of shelf life than if it had to be shipped from the coast,” Hauge said.

The company also recently hired Kevin Stobbe for sales and operations in the Winnipeg location, Brad Masske for regional sales, and Steve Beckham to oversee the company’s fresh-cut operations as director of value-added product.

New equipment includes a Compac two-lane optical sorter in the company’s Minneapolis location, new packing equipment and metal detectors in the fresh-cut facility and a Compac two-lane optical color tomato sorter in the Winnipeg location.

Overall, a few million dollars will be invested into the company through these projects, Hauge said.

“We’re investing in new machinery and updating our equipment as we continue to meet needs and be more efficient,” said Arthur Quiggle, vice president.



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