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Del Monte Fresh opens new fresh cut facility in Ontario

Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A., Inc. is expanding its Canadian presence with a new fresh cut facility in Oshawa, Ontario. The operation is designed to complement the company’s first Canadian distribution centre, which opened in January this year. The facility services the Toronto, Montreal, and Ottawa metropolitan areas.

The 108,000 square foot distribution centre includes the new fresh cut operation, significant refrigerated cooler space, and 15 pressurized banana rooms with the capacity to grow significantly over the next several years, according to a press release.

Dennis Christou, VP of Marketing, “Canada is an important market for us and our investment in this facility in Toronto is a testament to our commitment to the country, our retail partners, and Canadian consumers,” said Dennis Christou, VP of Marketing for Del Monte Fresh, North America. “While we have been able to offer whole fruits such as pineapples, bananas, melons, and avocados for many years, we are excited to expand our line in Canada to also offer fresh cut fruits and vegetables. This is a very successful category for us in the U.S. and we are looking forward to helping it grow further in this market.”

Del Monte’s first Canadian fresh cut facility, which was recently inspected and certified by the CFIA, started production this week. The facility offers a full line of ready-to-eat, fresh cut fruits and vegetables, and will also be able to produce and market the company’s new line of Del Café ready-to-eat fresh salads and snacks with protein.

The facility features state-of-the-art automation and equipment and a test kitchen for developing new products.

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