Mission Produce has completed construction on a new ripening center in Calgary, Alberta.
The 40,000-square foot center allows Mission to deliver ripe fruit to customers in the western part of the country, according to a news release. The center has four ripening rooms and can hold up to 96 pallets.
“The Calgary facility is a natural counterpart to our Toronto facility and gives us the ability to service customers more rapidly,” Brent Scattini, vice president of sales and marketing, said in the release. “By having a depot in Calgary, we can relieve some of the burden on the Toronto Ripe Center. It also allows us more ripe capacity while developing faster deliveries of both hard and ripe fruit for customers in the West.”
Oxnard, Calif.-based Mission opened its Toronto facility in 2010. Canada is an important market for the company, president and CEO Steve Barnard said in the release, and the company plans to continue to increase its international presence.
The Calgary center is the third one Mission has opened this year — after one in the Netherlands and one in China — and the company now has 11 centers in operation.
Mission designed the Calgary facility with its internal engineering group, said Ben Barnard, senior director of operations, said in the release.
“It uses the latest in avocado ripening technology that is unique to Mission Produce, including advanced high-efficiency refrigeration, lighting and control systems to minimize our energy usage,” Barnard said in the release. “It was designed and built to meet or exceed all food safety requirements.”