Fresh Del Monte, Inc., a vertically integrated producer, distributor and marketer of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables, and Vertage Inc., a chef-founded company producing foods made without animals™, including a line of dairy-free cheeses, announced a strategic partnership to widen the reach of healthy and sustainable food options to consumers.
The partnership is part of Fresh Del Monte’s ongoing commitment to sustainability and healthy living and provides commercial opportunities for both companies. Fresh Del Monte will support the growth of Vertage by providing access to its production facilities, technology and logistics network through its inland logistics company, which includes Tricont Trucking and Tricont Logistics. Vertage will have access to distribution and transportation through the partnership, giving them the ability to expand into new markets by utilizing Tricont and Fresh Del Monte’s ships, ports and temperature-controlled warehouses strategically located throughout 34 facilities in North America. Fresh Del Monte also participated in the company’s latest fundraising round.
“Vertage shares our commitment to sustainable, healthy eating and we’re excited for the possibilities this alliance will bring,” said Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, chairman and CEO at Fresh Del Monte. “We’re always seeking to collaborate with brands that align with our mission and can leverage our multiple streams of business, such as our reliable logistics network.”
Fresh Del Monte continues to solidify its goal to optimize its underutilized assets and offer its resources to others. As consumer demand for clean-label, healthier products continues rising, Vertage and Fresh Del Monte are positioned to deliver products that are nutritious, convenient and affordable.
“This partnership will allow us to expand our line of clean-label, healthy foods to more people, more quickly, and more affordably, than ever before,” said Tim Wildin, CEO at Vertage.
Vertage was founded by Chef Margaux Riccio, whose award-winning Washington, D.C. area restaurants Bubbies and PowPow have allowed her to continuously experiment with a range of foods made without the use of ingredients from animals. Restaurants have been key to the research and development of the very first Vertage products. Vertage cheeses are now served at restaurants in California (Crossroads Kitchen), New York (Unregular Pizza, Butcher’s Daughter) and the mid-Atlantic (Call Your Mother, Andy’s Pizza).