Verde Farms, Woburn, Mass., announced the opening of its own processing facility in Mullica Hill, N.J. The new plant signals Verde’s enhanced capability to process premium products in-house, while offering advanced processing services to a select number of specialty meat customers.

The USDA Organic and Level 2 SQF-certified facility processes both frozen and fresh material into a variety of vacuum-packed products using state-of-the art, highly-automated process and packaging equipment.

“Opening our own processing facility emphasizes our foundational commitment to offer the highest-quality products, while maintaining transparency and a consistently rapid response to our customers’ needs,” says Dana Ehrlich chief executive officer. “In addition to now owning a significant portion of our own product processing, we’re happy to offer the benefits of our state-of-the-art processing facility to other specialty meat companies who normally wouldn’t meet the high daily volume requirements typical of larger, modern facilities.”

Verde’s new facility is co-located at Mullica Hill Cold Storage, which provides USDA ID services. The new site is also within drayage distance to the ports of Delaware, Pennsylvania, New York, and New Jersey. Finished product can also be distributed nationwide by ground, rail or air due to proximity to the New Jersey Turnpike.

“Verde Farms has been a valued customer for over 12 years, and I’ve been a strong supporter of all the company has stood for since the very beginning,” says Fred Sorbello, founder and president of Mullica Hill Group Cos. “Having been with them since their inception, offering space for Verde to build out its processing capability at Mullica Hill was a natural and logical extension of the relationship, and we look forward to the company’s continued success.”