Nickey Gregory installs machinery

Nickey Gregory Co. LLC has installed a flow-wrap machine.

The machinery wraps a variety of fruit and vegetables including tomatoes, onions, potatoes, peppers and limes.

The Atlanta-based wholesaler installed the equipment in May.

The vented wall packaging eliminates material, reduces weight, improves breathability and expands shelf life and reduces spoilage, said Vicki Gilbert, vice president of food safety.

Nickey Gregory uses biodegradable trays with clear film manufactured from recyclable corn-based plastics, she said.

“This will bring in more retail customers,” Gilbert said.

“It will help them cut down on their overtime and other labor expenses. The product will be more sanitary because you never know what’s on consumers’ hands when they touch it in the stores.”


Phoenix Wholesale pushes south

Phoenix Wholesale Foodservice Inc. has expanded its business in south Georgia.

The Forest Park, Ga.-based foodservice distributor opened a cross-dock distribution facility in Albany, Ga.

“This facility allows us to cover more of the market and do a much better job with it,” said David Collins III, Phoenix’s president.

“That area is growing and we are putting more resources down there.”

Collins Bros. Corp., Phoenix’s sister company that distributes to retailers, also uses the facility.

The operation, which serves customers in cities including Moultrie, Ga., Tifton, Ga., and Valdosta, Ga., opened last year.

Phoenix distributes to restaurants ranging from fast-casual to white-tablecloth and also distributes to foodservice companies.