Nov 28, 2018
California Giant Berry Farms collaborates with vegetable packer for cross-docking

California Giant Berry Farms has strengthened its four-berry program for strawberries, blueberries, blackberries and raspberries, and is celebrating a collaboration with a vegetable packer.

California Giant Director of Retail Sales Nick Chappell (top photo) recently visited the company’s Central Mexico operations covering more than 1,300 miles of ground to meet the growers.

“This expanding raspberry program has been pivotal for us,” Chappell said in a news release. “Our raspberry operations in Mexico are both advanced and progressive, and ultimately, the gap we once had in the winter months where our raspberry supply had fallen short has now been filled. We look forward to offering year-round availability of all four berries and offering a smooth transition from our Mexico season all the way through the start of our California season.”

The company also kicked off their newly implemented winter cross-docking collaboration earlier this month with a vegetable packer, Mann Packing in Yuma, Arizona. California Giant customers can now load their vegetable and berry orders while in the desert. Cross-docking refers a logistics practice of distributing goods between trucks with little-to-no storage or handling time.

Tom Smith

“The duration of the Yuma season typically runs from late November through mid-March – during this timeframe we can approximate cross-docking 15,000-20,000 cartons of fruit per week, resulting in a much more efficient consolidation process,” said California Giant Director of Foodservice Tom Smith. “Customers can reduce the number of stops on their trucks, therefore reducing time on the road and adding shelf life to the berries when they arrive to the consumer. We plan to return to the Salinas Valley in Spring 2019 to further this partnership as we continue to service our customers.”

California Giant reported a much needed rainfall swept California last week and brought the Salinas-Watsonville season to an end. Berry volume remains strong and steady for California Giant as Mexico, Florida and South America contribute to the fall-winter months with an abundance of fresh, quality berries.

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