Alpine Fresh, a major grower, packer and shipper of asparagus headquartered in Miami, FL, announced that is will ship non-fumigated Peruvian asparagus from Florida to Canada.
Alpine, one of the first produce companies to obtain an in-transit permit from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, sent 26,640 pounds of fresh Peruvian asparagus on Nov. 7 from Miami into Canada destined for the Canadian retail market, with the expectation of more shipments to follow.
"We jumped at the opportunity to be the first asparagus company to ship untreated Peruvian asparagus from the port of Miami through the U.S. and beyond the Canadian border," Ashley Yager, promotions director for Alpine Fresh, said in a Nov. 15 press release.
Alpine Fresh has played a key role along with Nelly Yunta of Customized Brokers and others in the industry in the ongoing process to obtain this permit and acquire authorization and approval from the USDA.
Walter Yager, chief executive officer of Alpine Fresh, added in the press release, "This new protocol by USDA will significantly increase the shelf-life of transiting fresh asparagus, while helping to keep the logistics cost down. Previously, non-fumigated asparagus had to be trans-shipped thru New York or airlifted directly to Canada with very limited space on aircrafts and at a significantly higher cost."
"This new permit is a significant milestone for the Peruvian asparagus industry and is a testament to what our industry can do when we work together with the USDA towards advancing the logistics process," Ashley Yager added in the press release.