(April 13, 11:20 a.m.) D’Arrigo Bros. Co., Salinas, Calif., is partnering with another Salinas-area company on shipping and distribution of salad products.

The Salad Farm will be using D’Arrigo’s 100,000-square-foot cooling and shipping space for its pre-washed spinach, arugula, and spring mix salads to customers nationwide, said Lex Camany, Salad Farm president. The partnership was formed earlier this year, Camany said, after executives from the two companies starting talking last year about the advantages of such a deal.

The first items shipped April 1, Camany said, and most of the company’s customers are in the foodservice sector.

“This is just the beginning,” Camany said.

Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin, executive vice president of sales and marketing, said the products are complimentary to D’Arrigo’s and don’t compete directly with commodities D’Arrigo supplies to customers on the East Coast. The partnership allows both companies to extend their product lines to new customers and offer more convenience for shipping mixed pallets.

“This made good business sense,” D’Arrigo-Martin said.

Camany said he and his wife, Joyce, started The Salad Farm more than a year ago and have seen such dramatic growth that it needed extra space to cool and ship products. The company uses processors in Monterey and Santa Cruz counties but its volume outgrew its cooling capacity, he said.

The companies are looking at extending their agreement over three years and Camany said the partnership is working smoothly.