( North Bay Produce )

Traverse City, Mich.-based North Bay Produce Inc. has partnered with Guatemalan farm to bring imports of French green beans, snow peas, sugar snap peas, and Brussels sprouts to North American customers.

The Guatemalan operation, called UniSpice, specializes in planned growing cycles, according to the release. The controlled farm only plants orders to customer specifications as a group, which the release said is an approach that ensures consistency. The high altitude and cooler nights of the farm, located in the highlands of Guatemala, give crops higher brix for a sweeter taste, according to the release.

North Bay Produce imports the Guatemalan farm’s produce directly to the firm’s MidAmerica Warehouse in Mascoutah, Ill., according to the release. The facility is located in a place where it can reach 90% of the U.S. population within 18 hours or less by truck. The facility, according to the release, also is one of twelve USDA certified cold treatment Facilities in the U.S., and one of two adjacent to an airport runway.