Hoping to improve distribution efficiencies, Albert’s Organics Inc. plans to open a Charlotte, N.C., distribution center.


The Bridgeport, N.J.-based Albert’s situated the 43,000-square-foot facility between its New Jersey and Florida distribution centers to serve its customers in the Southeast.


Scheduled to open Sept. 14, the facility would become the largest of the organic distributor’s eight distribution centers, said Simcha Weinstein, director of marketing.


He said the new operation would provide Albert’s with improved efficiencies and save the company more than 400,000 miles a year.


“It’s always nice to open with customers you’re already servicing, but what will be really nice is that we will be able to service them better with more frequent deliveries rather than for some, twice a week, to four or five times a week or even more,” Weinstein said. “We can better serve our customers from the perspective of sustainability. By driving so many fewer miles, that will be a huge deal for costs and for the environment.”


The facility, in the Logistics Point Distribution Center, has innovative refrigeration and will be serviced by a new fleet of trucks.


The operation should also help Albert’s improve its work with local and regional organic growers and food manufacturers, Weinstein said.


Weinstein said Albert’s has many organic and natural foods customers in the Carolinas and in Georgia.


The operation will deliver to customers in southern Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Tennessee, Alabama and Mississippi.


Despite slower sales growth because of tougher economic times, Weinstein said organic sales have continued.


Albert’s also has distribution facilities in Rocklin, Calif.; Vernon, Calif.; Aurora, Colo.; Sarasota, Fla.; Mounds View, Minn.; Chesterfield, N.H.; and Bridgeport, N.J.