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Mission Produce, Oxnard, Calif., has opened an avocado ripening and distribution center in Portland, Ore.

The facility will expand the company’s capabilities in the Pacific Northwest, according to a news release.

The 58,000-square-foot facility has 10 ripe rooms that can hold 24 pallets each, two coolers and five refrigerated loading docks, according to Ben Barnard, vice president of global partnerships and business development.

“We are always looking ahead and considering the demand for avocados,” Steve Barnard, president and CEO of Mission, said in the release. “Our continued growth within the ripe category is necessary. This FDC is strategically positioned in Portland, Ore., to broaden our ripe capacities in the Pacific Northwest region, keeping Mission within a 24-hour truck-drive away anywhere nationwide.”

Customers and potential partners toured the facility Aug. 30, and met with Mission’s sales, quality and ripening staff members.

“They are ready to continue assisting the Pacific Northwest region with their ripening expertise and knowledge of the avocado industry standards,” Ryan Fink, vice president of North American operations, said in the release. “By continuing to expand our facilities, we are able to better serve our growing customer base with additional capacity to react when needed.

 
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