The Trucco team celebrates the new kiwifruit facility in Vineland, N.J. ( Courtesy of Trucco )

Bronx, N.Y.-based Trucco has opened its first wholly owned facility dedicated to kiwifruit in Vineland, N.J.

The facility will serve as the hub of Trucco’s kiwifruit business, according to a news release. Trucco receives imports from Italy, Chile, New Zealand and Greece for storing, repacking and managing distribution to retailers. 

“To best service our partners and support the changing demands of their business, we decided to open our new facility, where we are exclusively focused on kiwifruit, quality, modernization and service,” Nick Pacia, president of Trucco, said in the release.

The 70,000-square-foot distribution center was completed in late 2018 and is just off Route 55. 

There’s a packing room with several automated packing lines and four cold-storage rooms that can handle more than 2,500 pallets combined. The facility also includes a quality-control lab for testing and monitoring kiwifruit.

The expansion reflects growth in the kiwifruit segment, among growth in other areas in the industry and company, according to the release.

Trucco’s kiwifruit facility is an extension of its KiwiStar business and Zespri SunGold distribution partnership.

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