West Pak Avocado, a global supplier of avocados, has a new addition to its network of facilities throughout the country. Located in Swedesboro, NJ, this latest full-service distribution center will offer ripening, bagging, repacking and cold storage services and will service the Northeast and Midsouth regions of the United States.
West Pak's Swedesboro, NJ-based addition (seen here) was 18 months in the making with plans to open early 2022.
“With the ever-growing demand for avocados, we saw the need to further expand our operations,” said Mario Pacheco, West Pak Avocado CEO. “Our East Coast addition was 18 months in the making with plans to open early 2022. Its strategic placement will enhance our national distribution network and bring added value and convenience to customers.”
“The proximity of Swedesboro to the Port of Philadelphia will also support our import programs from Peru, Chile and Colombia,” says Pacheco. “Plus, this addition increases our supply chain efficiencies with direct shipments from our packing facility in Uruapan, Michoacán to our New Jersey distribution center.”
“There are many strategic reasons we chose this location,” added Trevor Newhouse, West Pak Avocado vice-president of operations. “Consumption continues to rise in the Northeast and Midsouth and the outlook for continued year-over-year growth is very promising. Our Swedesboro location offers a valuable one-day service radius to the majority of the Northeast and Midsouth regions.”
Left to right: Mario Pacheco, Trevor Newhouse
In addition to its prime location and access to excellent skilled labor, Newhouse points out that the New Jersey facility features state-of-the-art information and technology systems connectivity, LED lighting, energy-efficient refrigeration and roll over and redundancy on all core components. The new distribution center is also part of an automated energy management system that West Pak is rolling out nationwide. The system dovetails with West Pak’s ongoing sustainability efforts to help keep the company’s carbon footprint at a minimum.
“The planning process has been a great experience,” says Newhouse. “We took all the knowledge accumulated from all our previous builds, projects, etc., removed everything we didn’t like, and expanded everything we did like. This route allowed us to maximize process flow, layouts and efficiency throughout the facility.”
West Pak Avocado’s Swedesboro, NJ distribution center is slated to open in the first quarter of 2022, with a grand opening planned in March.