Mann Packing Co. Inc., a subsidiary of Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. and one of the largest suppliers of packaged vegetables in North America, is opening its new facility in Gonzales, California. Joining a lineup of facilities in Salinas, California; Chualar, California; Delhi, California; and Yuma, Arizona, the new facility will allow Mann Packing to grow its business, elevate its existing operations and provide a new space to help the brand continue to meet consumer needs.
The facility boasts 130,000 square feet of state-of-the-art production for fruit and vegetables with full-fledged automation, increased capacity and with the ability to continue expanding. In addition, the Gonzales facility holds a variety of features designed to strengthen Mann Packing’s focus on food safety and quality, including its improved environmental monitoring program and its updated QMS technology for instant information sharing.
“Our commitment to our customers and consumers is to supply the freshest produce with optimum standards of food safety, quality and a never-ending improvement of our customer service,” said Parker Javid, VP of sales for Mann. “We are humbled by the families across the country that choose our wholesome vegetables for their dinner tables and do not take that responsibility lightly. With the opening of this safe and innovative facility, we are so excited to continue to share with our consumers both new and existing products and continue to build a bright future together with them.”
In addition, the Gonzales facility has state-of-the-art sanitation and cleaning protocols. Beyond face masks, hair nets and constant hand sanitation, the new facility has separate processing and raw material areas. Wash water from the facility also will be reclaimed into industrial waste systems for use on local golf courses and city landscaping.
The Gonzales facility is important for Coral Gables, Florida-based Mann Packing as it continues to expand upon its innovation processing. The facility will produce everything from Mann family-favorite slaws to gourmet vegetables and new veggie sides, including its award-winning lineup of broccolini baby broccoli, caulilini baby cauliflower and Nourish Bowl salads. Additionally, Mann now grows its product line to include fresh-cut fruit, making Gonzales the only facility in the valley that processes both fruit and vegetables