Mucci Farms is adding two U.S. facilities — in Romulus, Mich., and San Antonio — continuing an expansion of the Kingsville, Ontario-based company.
The facilities, with a combined 120,300 square feet, will allow the company to increase efficiencies and serve more regions, according Gianni Mucci, vice president of operations.
“We’re very excited about these two new locations because they will improve our ability to service retailers and consumers in the U.S.,” Mucci said in a news release. “Not only will we be able to service a larger area of the United States, we will significantly reduce our carbon footprint and food mileage which will serve retailers and consumers with high-quality fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on environmental responsibility.”
Both facilities will allow for cross-docking. They will join Mucci Farms first U.S. location, a greenhouse in Huron, Ohio. The first of three 25-acre phases has been shipping since 2018, and the second phase is being built, with its first harvest scheduled for this fall, according to the release.
The Michigan warehouse will be 66,300 square feet and will serve the Midwest and Northeast.
“This location will help us pack, repack and distribute our full lineup to the region in a timely manner,” Mucci said, avoiding wait times at the U.S./Canadian border.
The 54,000-square-foot Texas warehouse will be used for cross-docking primarily during the winter. Its central location will allow Mucci Farms to supply southern states. San Antonio has an available workforce, with an emphasis on working with produce, Ronnie Alvar, director of operations, said in the release.
“This helps us onboard a knowledgeable team of people that understand the nuances of the produce industry and can efficiently manage the supply chain,” he said in the release.
The San Antonio warehouse has docks that allow trucks to open doors inside the cooled facility preserving the cold chain, Alvar said.