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NOGALES, Ariz. -- Chiquita Brands International, Inc. opened a new distribution center here, which serves retail and foodservice customers with Chiquita fresh fruits and vegetables. The facility offers state-of-the-art inventory management and easier handling, loading and unloading of products. It is also certified to leading food-safety standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Arizona Department of Health Services and Primus Labs.
"This upgraded facility allows us to expand our grower base, strengthen our sales team and enhance our ability to offer the highest quality produce delivered via an extremely efficient supply chain, thus ensuring superior freshness for our retail and foodservice customers," said Fortunato Martinez, v.p./Fresh Select, Chiquita Fresh North America.
The facility offers an expanded line of fresh vegetables (including greenhouse tomatoes, European cucumbers and bell peppers as well as open-field tomatoes, cucumbers, squash, and bell peppers) and fresh fruits (including grapes, honeydew, cantaloupe, and watermelon).