SpartanNash Invests $10 Million into New Produce Distribution Center
GRAND RAPIDS, MI - SpartanNash recently celebrated the grand opening of its Fargo Produce Distribution Center. The 80,000-square-foot facility has the capacity for 1,600 items—including 300 organic items—and is solely dedicated to produce and floral distribution in order to provide the freshest and highest quality offerings available. Not one to skimp out on quality, the company invested nearly $10 million and created 30 jobs, including specialized warehouse teams, dedicated quality control associates, and a banana ripening lead.
“SpartanNash is committed to delivering best-in-class products throughout our supply chain, and today, that commitment now includes fresher than ever produce and floral options for customers serviced out of the state-of-the-art Fargo Produce Distribution Center,” said Walt Lentz, President, Food Distribution. “This facility highlights our commitment to our customers, independent retailers and the Fargo community as a whole.”
Located at 3402 4th Ave. South in Fargo, North Dakota, the Fargo Produce DC includes state-of-the-art avocado and banana ripening rooms, organic flash sustainable technology for improved shelf life and color consistency, three dedicated temperature zones for optimal product storage, and a large variety of fresh plants and floral available for next-day delivery. According to the press release, the facility will also carry an expanded cut fruit and vegetable product line as well as a variety of fresh juices and beverages, dressings, snacks and nuts, and specialty and tropical produce to complement other offerings.
In addition to consumer staples including bananas, grapes, and cherries, the distribution center will also showcase SpartanNash’s commitment to supporting local growers and producers, carrying locally grown red and russet potatoes, tomatoes, green peppers, cucumbers, squash, pumpkins, sweet corn, cabbage, and apples as seasonally available.
The Fargo Produce DC also highlights SpartanNash’s corporate responsibility commitments, including investments in energy-efficient LED Green illumination technology to reduce heat, environmentally sustainable refrigeration, and non-CO2 emitting industrial warehouse equipment.
Will SpartanNash have more stores made now that it has a base of distribution? Keep reading ANUK as we bring you more developments in the fresh produce industry.