Lipman Family Farms, a field tomato and vegetable grower, value-added packer, and distributor, will increase production of its winter vegetable supply in Immokalee, Florida, with an additional 1,400 acres. Lipman’s growth in Florida production exemplifies the company’s ongoing commitment and focus on being a large vertically integrated tomato and vegetable supplier.
“This expansion of acreage compliments our spring, summer, and fall seasons by providing secure volumes of fresh vegetables year-round,” said David Ackers, manager of procurement & sales. “This expansion allows us to leverage our supply network, distribution lanes, and expanded packing capabilities in the east. Our goal is to be a one-stop-shop for customers and provide a steady and controlled supply.”
This additional volume of winter vegetable production will complement Lipman’s existing relationships with local growers across the east coast. These strong, long-term partnerships include a large bell pepper and cucumber grower in North Carolina, as well as a large dry vegetable grower in New Jersey.
Lipman will increase production of its winter vegetable supply in Immokalee, Florida, with an additional 1,400 acres.
Lipman will focus on harvesting peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, and chili peppers, among other items, beginning in late October.
Additionally, it continues to upgrade its packing facilities to fit growing volumes and continued customization with quick turnaround and shortened shipping time. The product is picked and packed on the same day. After harvest, the product is funneled through its state-of-the-art packing facilities in Florida, offering the ability to deliver both bulk and specialty packs in full truckloads and partial truckload volume to its customer base on the east coast.
As higher costs continue to be an issue across the supply chain, the grower aims to provide consistent produce with simplicity in mind. Its reach and partnerships continue to strengthen its vertically integrated distribution and provide stable, reliable fresh produce.