Califia Farms, Los Angeles, expanded its Bakersfield, Calif., operation with a 52,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art distribution center. The new distribution center sits adjacent to Califia Farms’ 40,000-square-foot bottling plant in the heart of California’s agricultural center, and runs 24/7 to meet the needs of its plant-based beverages, including its Almondmilks, creamers and ready-to-drink cold brew coffees and citrus juices.
“This major expansion with new distribution efficiencies marks a significant milestone for Califia, underscoring the success our products are having with consumers who are looking for delicious and healthy food and beverage options they can embrace at every level, including taste, price point and functionality,” says Greg Steltenpohl, co-founder. “Not only will this expansion allow us to better serve our customers and increase our capacity to innovate as we continue our growth trajectory, but most importantly, we are adding much needed jobs to the California economy, especially in the central valley.”
Adjacent to Califia Farms’ distribution center is a new nut and grain processing facility, enabling experimentation with a variety of plant-based ingredients. In addition, there’s a miniature “pilot” plant in the works, a state-of-the-art factory capable of small runs for specialized and regional product development. Both the distribution center and the plant are eco-friendly and energy efficient and repurpose more than 98% of post-production byproduct.