Pure Hothouse Foods, which markets under the Pure Flavor brand ( Courtesy Pure Flavor )

Pure Hothouse Foods, Leamington, Ontario, which markets under the Pure Flavor brand, has broken ground on a distribution center 10 minutes from the company’s new greenhouse facility in Fort Valley, Ga.

The 60,000 square-foot facility will serve as a consolidation point for the company, which also grows in Canada and Mexico greenhouses, according to a news release. That will allow for a wider distribution of Pure Flavor tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and eggplants in the Southeastern U.S. starting in 2019.

“We are strategically growing our business across North America and in doing so, need to support this growth with regional facilities that reduce food miles for our greenhouse-grown vegetables,” Jamie Moracci, president, said in the release. “Our new distribution center in Peach County will allow us to better serve our retail and foodservice customers throughout the southeast year-round.”

The company also has distribution centers in Leamington, Romulus, Mich., and San Antonio, supporting its North American network of growers. The company also markets organic vegetables.

In Georgia, the 25-acre first-phase of a $105-million 75-acre greenhouse facility is producing its first crop. Vegetables will carry the Georgia-grown label, and tomatoes, long English cucumbers and mini cucumbers will be harvested in November, according to the release.

For more on the projects and photos of construction, see GeorgiaGrownFlavor.com.