The Gonzales plant is Mann's fifth West Coast facility, fourth in California.
January 14, 2021
Mann Packing, a subsidiary of Del Monte Fresh Produce and one of the largest suppliers of packaged vegetables in North America, has opened its new facility in Gonzales, California. Joining a lineup of California facilities in Salinas, Chualar, Delhi, and one in Yuma, Arizona, the new fifth facility will allow Mann Packing to grow its business, elevate its existing operations and provide an innovative new space to help the brand continue to meet consumer needs.
Markon welcomes Kate Burr as its new Food Safety Director. In her new role, Burr will use her proficiency of field and processing practices, product recall expertise, and sustainability knowledge to enhance Markon’s food safety initiatives. She will be responsible for compliance with Markon’s 5-Star Food Safety Program standards throughout Markon’s supply chain; ensure all Markon First Crop, Ready-Set-Serve, and Markon Essentials products meet or exceed its stringent food safety standards; and serve as the voice of Markon for all food safety-related matters. She will also deliver relevant industry information to members, alert customers about food safety concerns, and conduct ongoing research in the field.
Houweling’s Group has moved to its new Nogales, Arizona, distribution and packing services center. Having outgrown the 18,000-square-foot facility the company operated the last few years, the new 30,000-square-foot facility has 50% more receiving bays, six coolers with the ability to manage three separate climate zones and a cooled packing area.
Hitchcock Farms of Salinas, California, a premier and innovative grower/shipper has acquired Pfyffer Associates, a grower, packer and shipper of premium Brussels sprouts in Santa Cruz, California. Pfyffer has been a leading supplier of Brussels sprouts for over 45 years with their well-known Ernie’s Pride and Pfyffer labels.
Both companies will collaborate on resources, infrastructure, logistics, best-in-class food safety practices and facilities.
June 10, 2019
Church Brothers Farms, Salinas, Calif., and FiveStar Gourmet Foods, Ontario, Calif., partnered to expand product portfolios in their respective areas of expertise within the retail and foodservice segments of the fresh produce business.
The ReadyCycle clamshells will be used for the Markon First Crop 2-pound strawberry containers that Ben E. Keith Foods distributes.
April 29, 2019
Ben E. Keith Foods, Fort Worth, Texas, announced a plastic reduction initiative, in conjunction with Markon Cooperative Inc., Salinas, Calif., intended to move the produce industry away from single-use plastic.
Check out the January 2021 edition of Refrigerated & Frozen Foods, featuring the 2021 Refrigerated Foods Processor of the Year, Greenleaf Foods; read about the company and the plant. Also, we have alternative proteins, cold storage and COVIC-19 vaccines, new retail products, and much more!