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Maurice A. Auerbach new facility hones food safety

Maurice A. Auerbach is continuing its already strong relationship with the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Cooperative Market from its new state-of-the-art facility in Secaucus, NJ.

“Operating from a facility that can accommodate our food-safety initiatives, and leave room for future programs related to food safety and traceability is the primary reason we moved,” Bruce Klein, director of marketing for Maurice A. Auerbach, said. “We could not convert our previous location in South Hackensack, New Jersey, while we were occupying it, so we made the decision to build a new facility that is cutting-edge in the produce industry. It also gives us plenty of space to grow and evolve in the future, which was an additionalKleinBruce Klein goal.”

The company relocated last fall, and Mr. Klein said that getting into the new facility is “like getting into Fort Knox” because it is so secured.

The 60,000-square-foot facility has 45,000 square feet of refrigeration, with an unbroken cold chain. The construction also offers enhanced sustainability.

“Our energy management is connected to our cool-down system automatically to ensure that we are using energy efficiently,” said Mr. Klein. “All product that isn’t packed, such as peel or other produce waste, goes into a separate cylinder with a layer of ozone. When it’s filled, a company picks up the cylinder and [its contents are] used for fertilizer. Our goal is to be as green as possible, and in every possible way.”

Maurice A. Auerbach is a third-generation family-owned business that started distributing garlic during World War II. In the 1970s, it expanded its product line to include a variety of produce, sourced from around the world. Today the company continues to specialize in garlic, as well as shallots and other difficult-to-find specialty items, including tropical, oriental and organic produce.

Mr. Klein said that Hunts Point Terminal Produce Cooperative Market in the Bronx, NY, is extremely important to Maurice A. Auerbach.

“We service several houses in the market with a varied number of products,” he said. “The market is an important part of our business. The companies we do business with sell to customers that we do not. The majority of products we sell at the market are bulk. We deliver to Hunts Point six days a week, year round.”

The company is promoting Washington state new-crop rhubarb.

“And we continue to promote our vac-pack of garlic,” he added. “Response to our ‘Auerpak’ brand vacuum-packed garlic has grown steadily since it was first introduced in the fall of 2010. The six individual sections are separately vacuum-packed.”