Crystal Valley Foods' Katiana Valdes Discusses Facility Expansion and New Organic Certification
MIAMI, FL - Each year, the holiday season comes bearing gifts—sometimes it’s snow, others it’s sun, and depending on the year, I cherish both! This year, Crystal Valley Foods is checking organics off of consumers’ wish lists and bringing the gift of organics to grocery stores across the country thanks to a new handler certification and even newer items heading down the pipeline. I’m not a mind reader, but I think it’s safe to assume even ol’ Saint Nick will appreciate this.
I caught up with Katiana Valdes, Director of Marketing, to learn more about Crystal Valley’s latest accomplishments and what other exciting things the company has in the works as we head into 2019.
“Organic consumption continues to increase, and it is extremely important that we keep up with the demands of our customers and today’s consumer. The organic category will only continue to grow in the next several years,” Katiana told me. “As a result, we achieved our organic handler certification and were independently evaluated according to the requirements of the USDA National Organic Program by SCS Global Services. We currently offer year-round organic French beans, and seasonally, we offer organic asparagus, blackberries, and Florida-grown blueberries. We have other organic items in the pipeline as well.”
But Crystal Valley isn’t just a one-trick pony, and while the company is pushing an organics expansion, it is also redesigning, modernizing, and expanding its Miami-based facility to take its value-added items on a growth journey, too.
“The expansion will double the size of our facility, which will allow us to greatly increase the size of our production and repack area. In turn, this will increase our value-added product output and services, as well as increase our storage capacity by 50 percent,” Katiana said to me. “Our latest expansion will allow us to produce more value-added items and offer additional services like consolidation, cross-docking, and handling for customers and suppliers.”
Katiana also noted that Crystal Valley anticipates the modernization and expansion helping decrease the time it takes for carriers to load/unload at its facility. This, in combination with the facility’s location near the Miami International Airport, will increase efficiencies and benefit both its customers and suppliers. Along with the expansion, Crystal Valley is also investing in automated warehouse equipment and a warehouse management system, both of which will also streamline the company’s capabilities.
“We will be completing construction in phases as to not interrupt normal business. Phase 1 is set to start the first of the year, and we expect to have everything completed by early spring,” Katiana concluded.
Whether they’ve been naughty, nice, or somewhere in between, there’s no doubt that consumers will be thankful for Crystal Valley’s expansion efforts this holiday season.
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