Greenyard Breaks Ground on New Facility; Plots U.S. Expansion
SWEDESBORO, NJ - Greenyard is about to make a few extra waves in the profitable U.S. market. UNIVEG Logistics America, part of the fresh division of Greenyard, has officially broken ground on the company’s northeast U.S. operations, constructing a new 152,200-square-foot, state-of-the-art packing and cold storage facility. These moves are the first in an effort to expand Greenyard’s fresh division in the U.S., strategically choosing Swedesboro, New Jersey, for its close proximity to the northeastern ports, a top receiving point for imported fresh produce.
“Expansion in our northeast operations and the U.S. market is our driving objective and part of our strategic plan,” explained Mayda Sotomayor-Kirk, President of UNIVEG Logistics America. “Being part of UNIVEG, the Fresh division of Greenyard, has propelled our continued growth. We outgrew our current facility some time ago and designed the new facility with the ability for future expansion going forward.”
With the completion of the facility, scheduled for late spring 2017, the company will change its name to Greenyard Logistics USA. According to a press release, the expansion substantially increases overall volume and production capability, even quadrupling its current operational square footage and capacity. In addition, this growth is expected to significantly add to the company’s services in areas such as value-add packing, consolidation, controlled atmosphere storage, and service providing opportunities. The complex in its entirety is being planned as be a central matching point for both growers and retailers, the company said.
The growth for Greenyard’s fresh division won't stop there, either. Seald Sweet, a Greenyard company and sister company of UNIVEG Logistics America, will be relocating its imports production operations and northeast sales offices to the new facility. This, the company said, will enable the sales and production teams to continue operating within the same location. Each newly announced change is in an effort to solidify the company’s position in the high growth market of the U.S.