Reinforcing its focus on frozen cut vegetables and fruit, Monterey, CA-based Growers Express has opened a new 24,000-square foot frozen storage facility in San Luis, AZ. The Growers Express Distribution Depot consolidates storage of “pick pack” and finished goods, creating a central location for shipping to industrial, foodservice and retail customers.
“We designed the Growers Express Distribution Depot to meet our customers’ expanding needs and increase efficiency to ship more than 250,000 packages each day,” said Tom Byrne, president, Growers Express. “Out of San Luis, we are now operating as a pick and pack, consolidation, storage and vendor-managed inventory facility. Our expertise is now being applied to the way we co-manufacture and ship products.”
Growers Express held a ribbon cutting for its new San Luis, AZ facility on March 24.
Growers Express took possession of the newly built San Luis Trading and Logistics, LLC. facility in December 2020 with first outbound shipments in January 2021. A formal ribbon cutting ceremony was held on March 24 with local dignitaries, including San Luis Trading and Logistics owners, Eddy Chavez and Mario Jauregui; City of San Luis mayor, Gerardo Sanchez; Ray Face, VP senior banker, Foothills Bank; Wesley Splawn, president, 4Powers Contracting; John Schwamm, St., port director, San Luis Port of Entry, U.S. Department of Homeland Security; Tom Byrne, president; and Mark Dendle, CEO of Growers Express.
Growers Express is known for vegetable innovations such as rice, noodles, spirals, matchsticks, cut vegetables and fruit. The company also maintains a master licensing agreement for Green Giant™ Fresh brand. Because of its efficiency and quality-controlled solutions, Growers Express is able to consistently provide high quality produce year-round.
“The San Luis Growers Express Distribution Depot is strategically located at one of the highest-growth border crossings with Mexico, supporting our Yuma, AZ processing facility with efficiently-sourced quality products from Yuma, California and Mexico,” said Mark Dendle, CEO of Growers Express.
The Growers Express Distribution Depot and existing facilities focus on a food safety and quality program to provide customers with the safest and highest quality food products possible. Growers Express is a SQF certified facility, and its leadership played a significant role in shaping the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) Food Safety Modernization Act.
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