Mission Produce, Oxnard, Calif., completed construction on its latest ripe center, based in Calgary, Canada.

Mission has operated a distribution center in Toronto since 2010, and the addition of the new center in Calgary allows the company to service the Western half of the country from a center designed to deliver to customers from Winnipeg to Vancouver.

The ripe center implements new technology designed specifically for avocados.

“It is a 40,000-square-foot, purpose-built facility that has four ripe rooms with a total capacity to ripen 96 pallets,” says Ben Barnard, senior director of operations. “We developed the Calgary ripe center with our internal engineering team. It uses the latest in avocado ripening technology that is unique to Mission Produce, including advance high-efficiency refrigeration, lighting and control systems to minimize our energy usage. It was designed and built to meet or exceed all food safety requirements.”

Opening the Calgary ripe center was a logical step in further serving the Canadian market.

“The Calgary facility is a natural counterpart to our Toronto facility, and gives us the ability to service customers more rapidly,” adds Brent Scattini, vice president of sales and marketing. “By having a depot in Calgary, we can relieve some of the burden on the Toronto ripe center. It also allows us more ripe capacity while developing faster deliveries of both hard and ripe fruit for customers in the West. It gives us another hub and further extends our coverage of North America.”

“Canada is a very important market for Mission, and adding the Calgary ripe center expands our capacity and our ability to distribute to our customer base in a timely manner,” says Steve Barnard, president and CEO. “This is the third ripe center we’ve opened this year, after opening centers in Europe and China. We currently operate 11 Mission-owned centers around the world, and we plan to continue to grow globally.”