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In an effort to better serve its customers, Eatontown, NJ-based Village Farms has opened a new facility in Delaware.

"Our new distribution facility in New Castle, Delaware, opened for business in June 2010," Helen L. Aquino, marketing manager for Village Farms, told The Produce News. “This 30,000-square-foot facility, named Village Farms Wilmington Distribution Center, is conveniently located in northeastern Delaware. It is in close proximity to Village Farms' South, mid-Atlantic and New England core markets. Village Farms chose this location to better serve its customer base in the southern and northern areas of the eastern United States.”

Village Farms has also enhanced its packaging capabilities to service its growing value-added business.

Bill Robbins, director of distribution center operations for the company, said in a July 16 press release, “The Delaware Distribution Center has value-added packaging capabilities that are state of the art and ready to handle volume.”

Value-added business is a growth sector for Village Farms. Ms. Aquino said that in response, a number of new items have been added to the company’s product offerings to meet the demand — two-pound and six-count sweet bell pepper bags, two-pound tomatoes on-the-vine, three-pound Roma and three-pound beefsteak tomato clamshells. In addition, Village Farms is now offering two-pack and three-pack long English cucumbers, and eight-count mini-cucumbers.

“The new items are available at all of our facilities in the U.S. and in Canada,” said Ms. Aquino.

The company’s other distribution facilities are located in Vancouver, Seattle and Dallas. It produces hydroponic greenhouse vegetables in its own greenhouses and works with grower-partners in Canada, the United States and Mexico.

Village Farms is proud of its commitment to quality produce, food-safety standards and sustainable growing practices that use leading-edge environmental stewardship principles.

“Our 'Hydroperfect’ growing methods produce vegetables 365 days a year that are healthier for people and the planet,” Ms. Aquino said. “At Village Farms, we know what is good for the earth is also good for business.”