Castroville, CA-based Ocean Mist Farms is expanding its production facility
Baja Mist in Mexicali Valley, Mexico, in order to accommodate sales growth for
its year-round program of product grown in Mexico with commodities such as
green onions and brussels sprouts.
Ocean Mist Farms has been growing product in Mexico since 2003. "We
wanted to design, develop and construct a state-of-the-art green onion
processing and cooling facility, which integrated all aspects of food safety in
an environment that allows us to create superior iceless products with
extended shelf life," Ocean Mist Vice President of Production Troy Boutonnet
said in a July 21 press release. “Our goal is to modernize our entire facility
and all of its subsystems and practices in order to create the cleanest, safest
products in their class. Expansion, coupled with modernization, is the starting
line of our goals toward complete customer satisfaction.”
Including the new concrete and asphalt areas and process water retention
areas, the company is improving more than a total of 75,000 square feet of
the property in some capacity.
The original Baja Mist facility was 9,100 square feet; the total square footage
of the upgraded area and new construction is 17,710 square feet plus
ancillary buildings that will contain ice-making and refrigeration equipment,
as well as a chiller room and an office, which adds another 6,000 square feet
to the project.
Additionally, a new receiving dock will prevent washed product from crossing
paths with inbound field totes, and two finished-product shipping doors in
the new cold room will ensure that cooled product never breaks cold chain
compliance during the truck-loading process.
“We are very proud of what we have designed and look forward to showcasing
the Baja Mist facility in Mexico to our customers once it is completed,” Mr.
Boutonnet concluded in the release.