Castellini Group of Companies Implements Final Phase of Transformation Plans; Brian Kocher and Chris Larsen Comment
CINCINNATI, OH - News recently hit the wire that revealed Castellini Group of Companies is optimizing its strengths in supply chain support services. Rounding out an ambitious three-year-long plan, the company announced it is completing the final phase of a strategic blueprint to transform the distinguished produce company into a critical asset within the temperature-controlled supply chain industry.
“Market conditions changed significantly over the past decade, and produce buyers across the industry increasingly source their product directly from the grower/shipper,” said Brian Kocher, Outgoing President and Chief Executive Officer of Castellini. “The ensuing increased demand for supply chain services caused by this shift in sourcing became our opportunity to pivot along with the entire wholesale industry in response to the consumer’s expectation for fresh produce fast.”
According to a press release, the fresh purveyor has undergone a re-deploying of its assets and is reshaping itself into a more comprehensive resource for its customers as part of the long-term strategy.
“We have been on this journey for three years, and our customers across our facilities in Wilder, Kentucky, and Atlanta, Georgia, not only experience value add but demand more support from us,” added Kocher. “Our success is directly tied to our customers’ success, and we are excited to grow alongside them as we retain our status as an innovative industry leader.”
As part of this transformation, the company has also announced a re-configuration of Castellini’s employee base and a reduction in workforce at its Wilder-based facility.
“The strength of our co-packing and distribution capabilities and our success in creating value for customers via those strengths, led to our decision to focus exclusively on supply chain services for the industry,” said Chris Larsen, Incoming Chief Executive Officer of Castellini Company. “Change is always difficult. But, we can only provide the support our customers require by reconfiguring the workforce, our support infrastructure, and our investment priorities. This is the final step in our strategy implementation.”
As the company continues to implement this tactical blueprint to both strengthen and transform its operations, AndNowUKnow will be on the lookout for the next strategic play.