Avocado grower-shipper Calavo Growers Inc. has purchased a Riverside, Calif., facility previously operated by affiliates of Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets.
The 128,000-square-foot facility on an 11-acre site is nearly turnkey, according to a news release, and will allow Calavo’s Renaissance Food Group LLC business segment to expand capacity for value-added packaged fresh fruit and vegetables, salads and prepared foods.
“This best-in-class facility aligns with and extends our company’s strategic growth initiatives to build a leading market position in the refrigerated fresh packaged foods category,” Calavo chairman and CEO Lee Cole said in the release. “The new facility enables us to satisfy demand from several key accounts in Southern California, while providing the platform for deeper market penetration across the southwest, including southern Nevada, Arizona and Utah.”
“Quick-turn, just-in-time order fulfillment is a cornerstone of RFG’s operating success, along with the outstanding depth and breadth of its product portfolio,” Cole said.