K.W. Zellers boosts food safety
K.W. Zellers & Sons Inc., Hartville, has added a stainless steel hydrocooler. President Jeff Zellers said all three of the company’s hydrocoolers are now stainless steel, completing a process of replacing older galvanized steel equipment.
“It’s much easier to clean and keep sanitized,” Zellers said.
Zellers & Sons also has enhanced and enclosed its radish packing area, isolating it from the rest of the company’s packing facility for increased food safety. Zellers said the radish packing area will have its own hand-washing station and foot bath and has only one entry and exit.
“It allows us to control traffic in and out and makes it easier to clean,” he said.
NatureFresh Farms adding facilities
Leamington, Ontario-based NatureFresh Farms has opened a 40,000-square-foot distribution center in Toledo, Ohio. Director of marketing Chris Veillon said the new facility will operate year-round to support the company’s business on both sides of the border.
The company has a greenhouse in Delta, Ohio.
NatureFresh also has broken ground on a 106,000-square-foot warehouse and distribution center in Leamington.
“Due to increased volumes and expansion of our growing facilities, we needed larger facilities to accommodate the increase in business,” Veillon said.
The Leamington facility will feature multi-climate zones, allowing multiple commodities to be packed and cooled before shipping. The facility is expected to be operational by early summer.
NatureFresh’s mobile Greenhouse Education Center is once again touring eastern North America with its #GreenInTheCity Tour through mid-November. The tour had more than 109 events in 2016.
For an event schedule and more information, visit www.naturefresh.ca/GEC.
Wiers Farm Inc. upgrades equipment
Tyler Shade has joined the sales team of Wiers Farm Inc., Willard, Ohio. President Ben Wiers said Shade, a 2014 Ohio State University graduate, previously worked in the corn seed industry.
Wiers Farm also has added an electronic radish sorter at its Ohio facility.
“This is an upgrade on a previous line,” Wiers said. “It will help us run more volume with less labor and should do a better job of detecting some defects in cello radishes.”
Wiers also has installed a stainless steel packing line for bell peppers at its Sarasota, Fla., facility.
“We continue to stay out front on food safety,” Wiers said. “Our packing lines have all stainless steel contact points.”
Wiers said the new line replaced older equipment and will allow the company to run more volume with better size and quality.