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Foodservice dominant segment for Gold Coast

Gold Coast Packing in Santa Maria, CA, will be exhibiting at the PMA Foodservice Conference & Exposition at booth number 31. Brent Scattini, vice president of sales for the company, said that on display will be the company’s five core commodities: broccoli and cauliflower florets, spinach, cilantro and parsley. It offers a wide assortment of pack sizes and formats for all its items.

“We cater primarily to foodservice operators,” said Mr. Scattini. “It is the predominant segment of our business. It and regional processors are our primary customers. At the PMA Foodservice show, we will focus strongly on customized packs. We refer to ourselves as the processors’ processor in that we do a lot of custom packs for companies that need specific specifications outside of the norm for the industry. Unique-size packs, customized quantities and specific packaging that meets national needs, whether it’s a national chain, a regional processor or a foodservice distributor, is what we’re all about.”

Mr. Scattini added that about 80 percent of Gold Coast Packing’s business is with foodservice operators. The company does a small amount of retail in comparison. Its products are distributed across the U.S. and into Western Canada.

The company has recently added two new employees. Matt Witcher, director of raw product procurement, joined the firm about two months ago. Ramone Angel started with the company in July. Mr. Angel, who is 26 years old, is a recent college graduate and a U.S. Marine veteran.

Gold Coast Packing is seeing some signs of an economic rebound. Mr. Scattini said that the company originally did see some decreases when the economy started plunging a few years ago, but added, “We started seeing business growth in the last two quarters of last year, and again in the first quarter of this year.”

The company recently installed a new additional auto bagger for leafy products at its facility.

“We’re in the process of finishing it now,” said Mr. Scattini. “We have also been working on plans for our new facility, and we hope to break ground within the next three to six months. It’s a state-of-the-art processing facility, which should take about a year to complete.”

As a grower, shipper and processor, Gold Coast Packing does everything possible to ensure its customers receive the highest-quality and freshest-tasting products available.