Mission Produce Announces Plans to Expand in the United Kingdom; Steve Barnard, Ben Barnard, and Paul Frowde Comment
OXNARD, CA - Plans are unfolding, and we now have access to Mission Produce’s latest expansion blueprint. The supplier announced plans to open state-of-the-art ripening, packing, and forward distribution center (FDC) in Dartford, England, in 2023.
“Mission Produce remains at the forefront of emerging markets and continues to lead as one of the largest, most advanced avocado networks globally,” said Steve Barnard, Chief Executive Officer and Founder. “Mission’s U.K. FDC is a world-class facility designed to streamline operations while delivering a cost-effective model. This milestone represents a significant opportunity for our business and enhances our ability to drive global avocado consumption as we accelerate our reach in the European market.”
According to a release, Mission’s 102,000-square-foot U.K. FDC will be strategically located with direct access to major international ports and transportation networks. The facility is expected to strengthen Mission’s expanding international footprint and optimize product distribution to the company’s European customer base.
Certified by an internationally accepted sustainability standard, the facility features cutting-edge technology and is designed to maximize logistical efficiencies and enhance product quality.
“The facility’s strategic location provides Mission with unique access to the growing U.K. market for avocados while simplifying import logistics and expediting transit times,” said Ben Barnard, Vice President of Business Operations. “Meanwhile, the facility’s sustainable systems and use of renewable energy are expected to promote energy, cost, and maintenance savings.”
This operation will also be Mission’s first facility to feature the “Mission Control” exclusive ripening room technology, giving the company the ability to ripen fruit to customer specification.
“We are currently the only supplier in the industry with our specialized ‘Mission Control’ technology, which supports enhanced quality, longer shelf-life, and waste reduction,” said Paul Frowde, Managing Director at Mission Produce UK. “Our innovative processes coupled with our leading team of ripening experts enhances our ability to provide excellent service and custom offerings for our U.K. customer base.”
The facility also incorporates grading visibility technology and advanced testing machinery. Owned or partnered production from South Africa, Peru, Colombia, and Guatemala is expected to be distributed through the facility across Europe.
For the complete press release with an additional comment from the company, click here.
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