Ovieo, Fla.-based Duda Farm Fresh Foods has expanded its Oxnard, Calif., facility.
The $5 million cooling and fresh-cut facility increases celery stick capacity for the company. The facility produces celery sticks, and the company hopes to avoid being unable to fulfill the celery demand when it rises.
“We are not going to disappoint our customers again,” Sam Duda, senior vice president of national operations, said on the expo floor of the Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit.
Duda Farm Fresh Foods also is positioning itself to bring new products to market, said Mark Bassetti, senior vice president of sales and marketing for Duda, who, also attended the show.
“We spent the last 18 months working on a new innovation project so that we can have a more disciplined approached to our business, especially bringing in new products,” Bassetti said.