Brian Osborne, general manager of Unique Cold Storage in Pompano Beach, FL, told The Produce News that the company offers full logistics’ services to meet any need.
“Unique Cold Storage can receive product coming into Florida, and it will pick up product from the port or airport,” said Mr. Osborne. “The product is brought to our warehouse, inspected, pre-cooled and ripened specifically to each item’s requirements.”
Mr. Osborne added that Unique Cold Storage will also warehouse product, provide inspection reports and inventories, repack and redistribute the products.
“The company provides full logistics’ services,” said Mr. Osborne. “Our warehouse expansion in the recent past has brought us to 100,000 square feet of available space. This enhances the services that we can provide for our customers, regardless of what the fresh fruit or vegetable item is. The expanded facility benefits us from a customer standpoint, and other grower-shippers are quickly become aware of the services that we perform for our customers, our growers, shippers, importers and our exporters throughout the U.S., South America and Canada.”
The facility expansion project provided Unique Cold Storage with enhanced and larger office and meeting areas. The facility has 10 temperature- and humidity-controlled coolers designed to optimize storage conditions for a variety of products. Three computer-controlled ripening rooms have also been added. All staging areas and loading docks are refrigerated, and new energy-efficient lighting has been installed.
“The expansion enables Unique Cold Storage to handle imports quicker and more efficiently, and receive and ship more expediently with an additional four dock doors,” said Mr. Osborne. “We now have an enhanced capacity to cool product more efficiently, and each product is stored in its ideal environment.”
He added that the expansion also gives the company increased processing capacity and computerized ripening rooms, all with full quality-assurance oversight.