Crystal Valley Foods, Miami, Fla., acquired Team Produce International Inc., a Doral, Fla.-based marketer and importer of fresh asparagus, berries, stone fruit and other specialty items from Central and South America. The acquisition further enhances Crystal Valley’s ability to diversify and offer premium fresh specialty fruits and vegetables to customers throughout North America.

“We look forward to leveraging Team’s successes, more retail focused customer base and diverse, high-quality product line,” says Jay Rodriguez, president of Crystal Valley Foods. “Their imports from Peru, Mexico, Chile and Guatemala, including berries and stone fruit, as well as their domestic items, will be a perfect complement to our product line, and will further aid us in being that one-stop-specialty-shop for our customers.”

Through the acquisition, Crystal Valley will also have expanded entry points allowing them to ship to McAllen, San Luis, Los Angeles, South Florida and the Northeast, covering the country from coast to coast.

“As a pioneer in asparagus and baby vegetable imports, we plan on continued growth by focusing on innovation and growing new and unique specialty products,” says Rodriguez. “The acquisition of Team is just one step of many in order to expand our presence and better serve our customers.”

All of Team’s employees, including sales and procurement, will be joining Crystal Valley and will be based in its Miami facility.