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Market 52, a premier supplier of berries, table grapes, asparagus and other globally sourced fresh produce based in Visalia, CA, has expanded its operation into north, central and southern Chile.

Jerald Downs, president of Market 52, has invested close to a decade in developing and nurturing the company's relationships with strategic Chilean growers. From growing, harvesting, packing, quality control and distribution, Market 52 is involved in every aspect of its Chilean operations, with the help of its hand-picked team of on-the-ground, highly skilled employees.

"It has taken a great deal of perseverance and patience to get us where we are today, and it is our understanding of the unique characteristics of our growers and growing regions that allows us to be successful," Mr. Downs said in a press release. "I've been traveling to South America since I was 18, and I now spend several months a year there for Market 52, personally ensuring that the continuity and consistency of our business practices are carried out at all levels of the operation."

From the full line of products available from its Chilean operation, blueberries are a highly sought-after commodity, and Market 52 is able to guarantee and directly supply a large volume of premium blueberries to its North American retailers. By vertically integrating operations in Chile, Market 52's packaging and product quality is consistent on a year-round basis, providing one look and feel in the produce department throughout the year.

The cultivation of lasting, mutually beneficial relationships with key grower partners is at the core of Market 52's ability to reliably deliver top-quality produce year-round. The company will continue its focus on building a global supply base that incorporates the best growers, the most efficient business practices and a strong commitment to quality and food safety.