(UPDATED COVERAGE, Jan. 29) Farmer’s 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.

Farmer’s Best expands shipping capabilities

Jerry Wagner, director of sales and marketing, said Farmer’s Best started using Loop Cold Storage’s services Jan. 11.

Loop Cold Storage is responsible for handling all of Farmer’s Best logistical needs for shipping its Mexican-grown produce throughout the Midwest, East Coast and eastern Canada, Wagner said.

Farmer’s Best expands shipping capabilities

Wagner

“We wanted to look for someone who could handle the volume,” Wagner said. 

Loop Cold Storage, McAllen, Texas, has an 85,000-square-foot warehouse, bringing the total Farmer’s Best cooler capacity in the U.S. to more than 155,000 square feet, according to a news release.

Wagner said Farmer’s 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 it’s premature to know how Farmer’s Best overall volume will increase but expects to see the number of truckloads grow this year.

Farmer’s 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.