After experiencing significant growth over the past 10 years, J&J Produce is expanding two of its facilities, located in White Pine, TN, and Adel, GA.
With the influx of business and a 33 percent increase in planted acreage, J&J decided to expand the cooler capacity in the White Pine facility by about 50 percent through the addition of more refrigerated repacking rooms, new pre-coolers and cucumber and pepper lines. It has been in operation already at this location for more than five years.
“With J&J’s movement into the national market, expanding our operations and facilities, and increasing our locally grown volumes is all a part of the strategic growth plan to help continue our forward movement,” said Brian Rayfield, vice president of business development and marketing.
While J&J’s locally grown volumes are typically July through September, it plans to operate the Tennessee facility year-round through the improvements made to a better cooling capacity system.
With the increased efforts to expand the locally grown volumes, it will also be running Bell peppers and cucumbers on the newly added line, in addition to the repacking of tomatoes and dry and wet vegetables, which were already in place.
With its newly expanded facility in Tennessee already under way, J&J also has plans to more than double its cooler capacity at the facility location in Adel.
J&J manages more than 3,000 acres of production from its own farms and has operations in Florida, Georgia, Tennessee, North Carolina, Texas, Arizona, Mexico and the Dominican Republic. It specializes in growing cucumbers, Bell peppers, squash, tomatoes and eggplant, and it has been in operation since 1983.