Mastronardi Produce, headquartered in Kingsville, Ontario, has opened a new 185,000-square-foot facility in Laredo, Texas near its current distribution center (DC). The move follows a recent announcement of a new distribution center in British Columbia and is in line with its history of aggressive distribution and share growth.
“Laredo has been a very important location for us for many years, but we’ve outgrown our old facility,” says Paul Mastronardi, president and CEO of Mastronardi Produce. “With this new facility, we are significantly increasing our ability to efficiently service customers across the southern region of the U.S. with the freshest, highest quality SUNSET produce.”
The new facility will feature an upgraded, state-of-the-art operating system for inventory tracking, customer fulfillment, receiving, shipping and tracing of produce from farms to consumers. It will include multi-temp cooling zones that will allow for storage of the company’s newer commodities that require varied temperature control, such as berries and lettuce. At triple the size of the old location, it also brings additional value-added packing for the company in the south, reducing transportation times and enabling more direct shipments of fresh produce to customers in that region.
With 78 dock doors, the new facility will also significantly increase the speed and efficiency of cross-docking. The DC will be served by an ever- growing network of farms which will benefit from the increased efficiencies obtained by the new facility. The site also includes room for expansion in the future.
" Today we operate nine distribution centers totaling more than one million square feet of cooled warehouse and distribution space and each operates in partnership with our customers to reduce food miles while increasing shelf life and in doing so, their profitability," says John Hemeon, chief operating officer at Mastronardi Produce.
Source: Mastronardi Produce December 4, 2020 news release