Ark Foods Makes First Packhouse Purchase in Historic Farming Community
IMMOKALEE, FL - Growth and expansion are in sight for Ark Foods, as the company closes a major acquisition. Recently, the company purchased and opened its first-ever owned property, a 12,000-square-foot packhouse within the historic farming community of Immokalee, Florida. This acquisition is a major move for Ark Foods’ mission to make unique vegetables more accessible and affordable in grocery stores across the country.
“Immokalee has long felt like home to our young company. So, it feels right that our first company property purchase is there,” Founder Noah Robbins said. “It’s exciting for us to continue bringing innovation to an area we believe in while respecting the long line of tradition before us.”
The Ark Foods team has been farming in Immokalee—a hub of agricultural output—since 2014. According to the press release, Ark Foods was originally built around bringing the beloved Shishito pepper to the masses. Since then, a sense of curiosity around unexpected vegetables remains as its North Star, but the company has expanded far beyond a singular pepper, doubling its acreage each year for the past four years
“We’re a player in a community that feeds the United States. That responsibility is our guiding force every day,” Robbins explained.
After a summer of upgrades and improvements, the new packhouse is now fully operational. The facility will be used as a major distribution facility to process Shishitos in addition to specialty peppers, heirloom cherry tomatoes, Honeynut squash, and other unique varieties of vegetables.
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