Produce distributor Divine Flavor is building a 70,000-square-foot refrigerated addition to its 100,000-square-foot distribution center in Nogales, Ariz.
The $7.5-million project will add seven cold rooms, an inspection area designed with Food and Drug Administration standards, and repackaging equipment, according to a news release.
Divine Flavor, which specializes in Mexican grape imports, was founded in 2006. The new facility adds cold storage and more innovative packaging solutions for better inventory control through technology, according to the release.
Construction has already begun, and the company expects to open the new warehouse in March, with an estimated five million boxes of products shipping each season.
“Our new facility will allow faster delivery of our year-round superior quality produce and offer best-in-class customer service as we bring all logistics and operations under one roof,” Alan Aguirre, co-founder and CEO of Divine Flavor, said in the release.
Besides grapes — including Cotton Candy and Gummyberry grapes — the grower-owned company markets squash, tomatoes and other vegetables.
The company plans to introduce an app to further increase standards and efficiency at the Divine Flavor warehouse, according to the release.