Houston-based Brothers Produce has created a new business niche for customers looking for cold storage in the port city.
Brent Erenwert, chief executive officer of Houston-based Brothers Produce, said the company has created a website for the service at http://houstoncoldstorage.com/. The website is the marketing avenue that allow potential customers to find the cold storage services offered by Brothers Produce, he said.
The business, active for about a month, is under the same corporate umbrella as Brothers Produce and uses space at the firm"s facility.
"We have all the major ports here, and our biggest storage items right now are pineapples and cantaloupes," he said March 25.
The company has dedicated 25,000 square feet of its facility for customers looking for cold storage, and he said the business has handled about 25 loads per week so far.
Erenwert said the facility has the advantage of being able to rework product if a load is rejected by a local retailer.
"If a shipper calls us, not only can we store it for him we can also recondition and deliver it to the retailer," he said.
Erenwert said the cold storage service likely will be expanded to their Austin, San Antonio and south Texas facilities in coming weeks.