Georgia Produce business update briefs

05/08/2012 02:18:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Manwell’s owner, Chris Manwell, used to sell for South Georgia before starting Manwell Produce in 2004, Vickers said.

Manwell and Vickers have sold Georgia produce since 1994, Vickers said.

Manwell is a brokerage that represents South Georgia as well as brokering and consolidating for others, Vickers said.

Southern Valley expands packinghouse

Southern Valley Fruit & Vegetable Inc., Norman Park, Ga., has constructed a 100,000-square-foot facility.

The all-refrigerated area adds to the grower-shipper’s cooling and storage capacity and should help improve packing and supply chain capabilities, said Jon Schwalls, director of operations.

Additionally, Southern Valley added a 25,000-square-foot refrigerated repacking facility for value-added packs.

Like the other addition, the value-added facility is a separate building connected to the main facility.

The grower-shipper also installed 13 refrigerated shipping docks.

Southern Valley previously worked from 16,000 square feet, he said.

“It will give us the ability to move product faster through the facility,” Schwalls said.

“That faster flow of product through our facility will give us increased shelf life. It will also give us the ability to do more consolidation as well as cross-docking.”


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