(June 25) The organic category has proved itself a mainstay in the produce department, and, as a result, companies previously foreign to organics continue to make the transition.

RLS Logistics, a third-party provider based in Malaga, N.J., is now certified to handle and repack organic produce, said Anthony Leo, president of warehousing.

“It’s something we wanted to do the last couple of years,” said Robert Curcio, managing partner of RLS Packaging, a division of RLS Logistics, also based in Malaga. “I had different family members getting into organic, and everyone’s health-conscious. I wanted to see if it would fit in at RLS, and it did.”

RLS is having organic boxes designed to make its organic produce recognizable and hopes to start repacking organic corn in the upcoming weeks, Curcio said. Other items should include zucchini and cucumbers, he said.

“By offering this, it’s another service we can offer our customers,” he said. “Not a lot of (logistics) companies out there do this. We have to distinguish ourselves somehow.”

To receive certification, RLS underwent a four-month process led by Gainesville, Fla.-based Quality Certification Services, a third-party auditing firm, Leo said.

Ramkrishnan Balasubramanian, QCS program director, said RLS is operating in compliance with the handling requirements of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Organic Program.