Courchesne Larose added significant square footage to it's Montreal warehouse this year, after building the combined office and warehouse only six years ago. Photo courtesy GKC Architects
Major Montreal wholesaler Courchesne Larose added 78,000 square feet to its 105,000-square-foot Anjou warehouse this fall.
“When we moved here in 2011 we thought it would be good for 10 to 15 years, but we were wrong,” said Guy Milette, vice president of international and business development.
Acquisitions in the last few years have included 50% of Vineland, N.J.-based Dandrea Produce Co., and Milette said Courchesne is keen to acquire more complementary companies.
He said a fleet of nearly 80 tractor trailers has allowed the company to sign exclusive agreements with independent grocers throughout the province to supply all their fruit and vegetables via direct store delivery.
“They can close their warehouse, sell their truck and it’s a lot less of a headache for them in the short and long term,” he said.
Milette said Courchesne connects its various companies and products with the recently-updated Produce Pro operating system, and streamlines transportation with Roadnet software, which maximizes space within each truck, calculates the best route and can precisely predict delivery times.