(UPDATED COVERAGE, Jan. 29) Farmerâs Best, Nogales, Ariz., is expanding its shipping volume to the U.S. and Canada through a new partnership with south Texas logistics center Loop Cold Storage.
Jerry Wagner, director of sales and marketing, said Farmerâs Best started using Loop Cold Storageâs services Jan. 11.
Loop Cold Storage is responsible for handling all of Farmerâs Best logistical needs for shipping its Mexican-grown produce throughout the Midwest, East Coast and eastern Canada, Wagner said.
âWe wanted to look for someone who could handle the volume,â Wagner said.
Loop Cold Storage, McAllen, Texas, has an 85,000-square-foot warehouse, bringing the total Farmerâs Best cooler capacity in the U.S. to more than 155,000 square feet, according to a news release.
Wagner said Farmerâs Best has shipped more than 20 truckloads of produce through Loop Cold Storage and is scheduled to send more than 30 during the week of Feb. 1.
Wagner said itâs premature to know how Farmerâs Best overall volume will increase but expects to see the number of truckloads grow this year.
Farmerâs Best has long used other third-party logistic companies to ship its produce to the eastern U.S. and Canada, Wagner said.
Loop Cold Storage is a third-party logistics company that has similar arrangements with other produce shippers, according to the release. The facility is near the Pharr-Reynosa International Bridge, a major port of entry for Mexican fruit and vegetables.