CASTROVILLE, Calif. (March 31, 2015) — Ocean Mist Farms is expanding its cooler facility in Coachella, Calif., this spring to be in operation for the Fall 2015 desert-growing season.
Ocean Mist Farms has operated in Coachella for more than 27 years and has expanded its cooler facility twice during that time. The latest expansion, which has been more than two years in the planning, is a result of increased business.
Construction began on March 23. When completed, the facility will have double the cooling and storage capacity and twice as many bays for receiving and loading trucks.
Ocean Mist Farms grows and cools artichokes and 30 other fresh vegetables at the Coachella facility, said Ocean Mist Farms CEO Ed Boutonnet.
“We built our reputation on superior product quality and food safety practices,” Boutonnet said. “This new facility will allow us to further improve product quality and shelf life as well as food safety and security.”
In addition to improving efficiencies, product quality and customer service, the expansion of the Coachella cooler will strategically position Ocean Mist Farms for future growth, Boutonnet said.