Upgrades will double previous capacity
Castroville, CA-based Ocean Mist Farms is completing the expansion of its
Baja Mist production facility in order to increase its Mexico-grown product
offerings. The facility is located in Mexico's Mexicali Valley.
When completed in January, the plant will have double its previous capacity
for processing and shipping "Ocean Mist" iceless green onions, Brussels
sprouts, leeks and radishes, with room to add other items in the future.
The facility will mirror the company’s U.S. operations from a processing and
food-safety standpoint, according to a press release the company issued Dec.
As of early December, 90 percent of all the facility’s ancillary buildings, docks
(receiving and loading) and new additions were complete.
Customer demand for green onions and Brussels sprouts exceeded Oceans
Mist’s current capacity, according to the press release, which added that in
the latest 52 weeks ending Aug. 28, 2010, Brussels sprouts sales increased
12.5 percent nationally compared to the prior year, bringing average sales to
$62 per store and per week. Ocean Mist attributed those data to the
Perishables Group’s FreshFacts.
The state-of-the-art, innovative cooler design, which will allow Ocean Mist to
keep pace with the growing demand for its products, was the result of many
years of observing existing green onion processing facilities, leading to
design innovations addressing product quality, shelf life and product food
safety and security, according to the release.
“Our design greatly exceeds the current industry standards for product risk
management,” Troy Boutonnet, Ocean Mist Farms’ vice president of
production, said in the release. “We want this facility to be a showcase for all
green onion producers regardless of the location.”