A major expansion project at the Mexicali Valley production facility of Castroville, Calif.-based Ocean Mist Farms is on track to be completed in December. 

Ocean Mist expands Mexico operation

The nearly 2-acre Baja California facility, known as Baja Mist, is receiving major upgrades including green onion processing and cooling equipment, ice making and refrigeration equipment, a new receiving dock, a new cold room with finished product

Ocean Mist expands Mexico operation

Courtesy Ocean Mist

Gilberto Quintana, (left), general manager of Baja Mist, Mexicali Valley, Mexico, and Troy Boutonnet, vice president of production at Ocean Mist Farms, Castroville, Calif., were on hand recently at the groundbreaking of the company's new cooling and packing facility in Mexico.

shipping doors and new concrete and asphalt, according to a news release.

“Our goal is to modernize our entire facility and all of its subsystems and practices in order to create the cleanest, safest products in their class," Troy Boutonnet, vice president of production, said in the release.  “Expansion, coupled with modernization is the starting line of our goals toward complete customer satisfaction.”

When finished, the processing plant will approach 18,000 square feet, nearly double the plant’s original capacity.

The receiving doors will reinforce food safety efforts as just-harvested produce will not come in contact with washed product. In addition, the new shipping doors in the cold room will help maintain the cold chain during the loading process.

The expansion and upgrades are designed to help Ocean Mist meet the increased demand for its Mexico grown commodities that include brussels sprouts in addition to green onions, the release said.