Mann Packing Co., Inc., a subsidiary of Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. and a supplier of packaged vegetables in North America, has opened a new facility in Gonzales, California.
Joining a lineup of facilities in Salinas, CA, Chualar, CA, Delhi, CA and Yuma, AZ, the new fifth facility allows Mann Packing to elevate its existing operations and provide a new space to help meet consumer needs.
The new facility has 130,000 square feet of production for fruit and vegetables with full-fledged automation, increased capacity and with the ability to continue expanding. In addition, the Gonzales facility has a variety of features strengthening Mann Packing’s focus on food safety and quality, including its full cold chain from reception of raw material to delivery of finished product to ensure freshness, its improved environmental monitoring program and its updated QMS technology for instant information sharing.
“Our commitment to our customers and consumers is to supply the freshest produce with optimum standards of food safety, quality and improvement of our customer service,” said Parker Javid, vice- president of sales, Mann. “With the opening of this facility, we are excited to continue to share with our consumers both new and existing products.”
In addition, the Gonzales facility has state-of-the-art sanitation and cleaning protocols. Beyond face masks, hair nets and constant hand sanitation, the new facility has separate processing and raw material areas. Additionally, the facility also has a 260-foot-tall wind turbine to help Mann continue its mission of sustainable processing. Wash water from the facility will also be reclaimed into industrial waste systems for use on local golf courses and city landscaping.
The Gonzales facility will produce everything from Mann slaws to gourmet vegetables and vegetable sides, including Broccolini baby broccoli, Caulini baby cauliflower and Nourish Bowl salads. Additionally, Mann’s product line now includes fresh-cut fruit and the Gonzales facility is its only one in the valley that processes both fruit and vegetables.