South Mill Champs and Grupo APAL Form Strategic Joint Venture; Mike Pia Jr. and Armando Paredes Arroyo Comment



South Mill Champs and Grupo APAL Form Strategic Joint Venture; Mike Pia Jr. and Armando Paredes Arroyo Comment


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KENNETT SQUARE, PA - An exciting joint venture is taking place in the mushroom category. South Mill Champs recently entered into a cross-border partnership with Grupo APAL to form a 50/50 Mexican joint venture: Royal Champs S. de R.L. de C.V.

Mike Pia Jr., Vice President of Business Growth, South Mill Champs
Mike Pia Jr., Vice President of Business Growth, South Mill Champs

"This expansion reflects a strategic step forward in our commitment to delivering the freshest and highest quality mushrooms daily from coast to coast,” Mike Pia Jr., Vice President of Business Growth at South Mill Champs, commented. “The partnership with Grupo APAL will allow us to focus on our expansive expertise of mushroom production and supply chain management. The Mexican expansion, in combination with expansions in British Columbia and Pennsylvania in recent years, demonstrates our commitment to modernizing and leading innovation in the mushroom industry across North America."

Royal Champs will build and operate composting and mushroom growing operations in multiple sites in Mexico, primarily for import and inclusion in South Mill Champs' extensive supply chain in the United States and Canada, a press release explained.

South Mill Champs recently entered into a cross-border partnership with Grupo APAL to form a 50/50 Mexican joint venture: Royal Champs S. de R.L. de C.V.
South Mill Champs recently entered into a cross-border partnership with Grupo APAL to form a 50/50 Mexican joint venture: Royal Champs S. de R.L. de C.V.

The joint venture also plans to break ground later this year on an innovative, Dutch-style, integrated mushroom facility encompassing phase 3 compost, mushroom growing farms, and packing operations on a 257-acre site near Queretaro, Mexico.

"We are thrilled to partner with South Mill Champs to expand the mushroom production industry in Mexico,” Armando Paredes Arroyo, President of Grupo APAL, said. “Our expertise in food production and logistics in Mexico combined with SMC's proven leadership in this industry will ensure the successful execution of this exciting project."

Grupo APAL is the private investment company of Mr. Paredes Arroyo, a dairy producer, supplier, and shareholder of Alpura in Mexico City.

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