West Pak Avocado Unveils New Northeast Distribution Center; Mario Pacheco and Trevor Newhouse Comment
MURRIETA, CA - West Pak Avocado is taking its show on the road, expanding its operations to the Northeast. Revealing a new addition to its network of facilities, the avocado maven announced a new full-service distribution center in Swedesboro, New Jersey, that will serve the Northeast and Midsouth markets.
“With the ever-growing demand for avocados, we saw the need to further expand our operations. Our East Coast addition was 18 months in the making with plans to open early 2022. Its strategic placement will enhance our national distribution network and bring added value and convenience to our customers,” said Chief Executive Officer Mario Pacheco. “The proximity of Swedesboro to the Port of Philadelphia will also support our import programs from Peru, Chile, and Colombia. Plus, the addition of this facility increases our supply chain efficiencies with direct shipments from our packing facility in Uruapan, Michoacán, to our New Jersey distribution center.”
The global supplier’s latest addition to its operational network will offer ripening, bagging, repacking, and cold storage services, a press release explained. As demand for avocados continues to rise in the Northeast and Midsouth regions, this new facility is ideally situated to meet needs while also promoting further development in the area.
“There are many strategic reasons we chose this location,” added Vice President of Operations Trevor Newhouse. “Consumption continues to rise in the Northeast and Midsouth, and the outlook for continued year-over-year growth is very promising. Our Swedesboro location will offer a valuable one-day service radius to the majority of the Northeast and Midsouth regions.”
In addition to its many functions, this new facility features state-of-the-art information and technology systems connectivity, LED lighting, energy-efficient refrigeration, and roll over and redundancy on all core components. The New Jersey-based distribution center will also be part of an automated energy management system that West Pak is rolling out across the country and fits with the company’s sustainability efforts to keep a minimal carbon footprint.
“The planning process has been a great experience. We essentially took all the knowledge accumulated from all our previous builds, projects, etc., removed everything we didn’t like, and expanded everything we did like,” added Newhouse. “This route allowed us to maximize process flow, layouts, and efficiency throughout the facility.”
West Pak’s new Swedesboro, New Jersey, distribution center is currently slated to open in the first quarter of 2022, with a grand opening planned in March.
Backed by this new facility, we here at AndNowUKnow can’t wait to see what comes next from West Pak.