US greenhouse farming company Mucci Farms has announced they are adding two new facilities in Romulus, Michigan and San Antonia, Texas to its portfolio.
The facilities will help to maximise efficiency and expand the company’s reach across the US. Both will come fully equipped with state-of-the-art automation and technology.
“We’re very excited about these two new locations because they will improve our ability to service retailers and consumers in the US,” said Gianni Mucci, vice president of operations.
“Not only will we be able to service a larger area of the United States, we will significantly reduce our carbon footprint and food mileage, which will serve retailers and consumers with high-quality fruits and vegetables with an emphasis on environmental responsibility.”
He continued: “This location will help us pack, repack and distribute our full lineup to the region in a timely manner. Romulus is a great location for us as it allows us to avoid wait times at the border and quickly redirect product to several states.”
The Texas warehouse is a 54,000 square foot facility located to serve as a cross-dock primarily during winter months.
Meanwhile, the San Antonio facility is based in a central location that will help the company service southern states in the US, while addressing the city’s industry-wide labour challenge.
Ronnie Alvar, director of operations said: “The San Antonio area has a population of 2.5 million people and the labour market is particularly experienced in produce.”
“This helps us onboard a knowledgeable team of people that understand the nuances of the produce industry and can efficiently manage the supply chain.
“With hot temperatures in Texas, our dock allows trucks to back into the warehouse in a manner that doesn’t break the cold chain.
“The doors actually open up right inside our pre-cooled loading dock, so we are able to preserve product quality as there is no temperature fluctuation transferring product from the truck to the warehouse,” he said.
Mucci Farms’ first project began in Huron Ohio, a 75-acre greenhouse/warehouse operation featuring supplemental grow lights that allow for year-round local production.
The company has grown fresh greenhouse produce for over 60 years, including lettuce, tomato, pepper, cucumber and strawberries, in Canada and the US.
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