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San Juan Bautista, Calif. -- Earthbound Farm, the nation's largest grower and shipper of organic produce, has opened its first forward distribution center on the East Coast, in Cranbury, N.J.
The new facility, featuring 32,000-square-feet in warehouse storage and including two off-temperature storage rooms, will be inaugurated March 1, 2005 with a grand opening event.
Earthbound Farm says the new forward distribution center dramatically enhances its ability to provide responsive customer service to those on the East Coast, expanding capacity to fill customers' supply gaps. The opening of the Cranbury forward distribution center further demonstrates Earthbound Farm's commitment to support rapidly growing demand for organic produce in the Northeast, making it easier for customers in that region to maintain successful organic programs. The company is also proceeding with plans to open similar facilities serving customers in the Midwest, Southwest, and Southeast.
"The Cranbury facility allows us to maintain our commitment to customer service and to our mission of making the organic choice viable and profitable for our customers," said Charles Sweat, Earthbound Farm c.e.o. "We are constantly searching for opportunities to enhance service to our customers and will continue to do so as our success accrues."
"I'm excited to have our own facility on the East Coast", said Drew Goodman, president and co-founder of Earthbound Farm. "My wife, Myra, and I both grew up in New York, so the opening of our facility in Cranbury is something of a homecoming for us, as well as an important commitment to better serve our east coast customers. We look forward to demonstrating how important they are to us."