Calavo Growers, Inc., a global avocado industry producer and expanding provider of value-added fresh food, has completed the purchase of a production facility in Riverside, California, in a transaction valued at $19.4 million. The newly acquired production facility will further enhance the national footprint for the company’s Renaissance Food Group, LLC business segment and position the segment to serve its growing customer base across the southwestern United States. The acquired facility, which totals approximately 128,000 square feet situated on about 11 acres, was previously owned and operated by affiliates of the former Fresh & Easy Neighborhood Markets.
The company described the new facility as nearly turnkey, which will allow RFG to quickly expand capacity and meet growing demand among current and new customers for its fresh, value-added packaged fruit and vegetables, ready-to-eat salads and prepared foods offerings. The facility’s state-of-the-art design allows for an efficient start up, optimal food-safety measures and quality production flow. Its physical location in southern California is highly sought after for its prime interstate highway and rail access.
Calavo Chairman and Chief Executive Officer Lee E. Cole stated: “This best-in-class facility aligns with and extends our company’s strategic growth initiatives to build a leading market position in the refrigerated fresh packaged foods category. The new facility enables us to satisfy demand from several key accounts in southern California, while providing the platform for deeper market penetration across the Southwest, including southern Nevada, Arizona and Utah. Quick-turn, just-in-time order fulfillment is a cornerstone of RFG’s operating success, along with the outstanding depth and breadth of its product portfolio.”
The new Riverside facility follows the recent addition of a 209,000 square foot production and distribution center near Jacksonville, Florida, and the new renovation and expansion of the 89,000 square foot production facility in Houston, Texas.