Coral Gables, Fla.-based Del Monte Fresh’s 108,000-square-foot distribution center in Oshawa, Ontario, now includes the fresh-cut facility, 15 pressurized banana rooms and cooler space, according to a company news release.
The center, which opened in January, offers a full line of ready-to-eat, fresh-cut fruits and vegetables and will be able to produce Del Monte’s new line of Del Café ready-to-eat fresh salads and snacks with protein.
The operation also has a test kitchen for developing new products.
“Canada is an important market for us, and our investment in this facility in Toronto is a testament to our commitment to the country, our retail partners and Canadian consumers,” Dennis Christou, Del Monte Fresh’s vice president of marketing for North America, said in the release. “While we have been able to offer whole fruits such as pineapples, bananas, melons and avocados for many years, we are excited to expand our line in Canada to also offer fresh cut fruits and vegetables. This is a very successful category for us in the U.S., and we are looking forward to helping it grow further in this market.”