( Courtesy Mastronardi Produce )

Mastronardi Produce, Kingsville, Ontario, is establishing a distribution center in Surrey, British Colombia, to serve western U.S. and Canada.

The 70,000-square-foot facility, set to open in January, will have the same operating systems and food safety protocols that other Mastronardi facilities in North America have, including inventory tracking, fulfillment, shipping, receiving and product tracking, according to a news release.

“We have a very strong presence in the East, where consumers have access to our unique and flavorful products,” Paul Mastronardi, president and CEO, said in the release. “We’ve had our eye on the Western region for some time now, and we are excited to finally bring fresh Sunset flavor to that region.”

The distribution center will be served by an expanded grower network in the West, and will be used to distribute tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, berries and lettuce into the U.S. and other markets beyond North America, according to the release.

“The Sunset brand and the quality of our produce are well known among consumers,” Mastronardi said in the release. “We have already seen an incredible excitement from growers in that region to begin partnering with Sunset to grow our exclusive varieties with exceptional flavor.”

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