Coosemans Tampa builds cooler

Tampa-based Coosemans Tampa Inc. built a cooling facility adjacent to its operation on the south side of the Tampa Wholesale Produce Market.

The new warehouse more than doubles Coosemans’ cold storage capacity, said Justin Warren, general manager.

The building features three full-service truck bays, floor to ceiling racks and increases Coosemans’ distribution efficiencies, Warren said.

“It increases our ability to get trucks in here,” he said. “That has been one of the toughest things we have had going on here, as it’s been hard to back in a semi. This gives our trucks plenty of space to maneuver.”

Warren said the building should also allow the specialties distributor to stock more items.

He said space limitations prevented Coosemans from carrying many items.

Harvill’s Produce moves into distribution center

Harvill’s Produce Co. is working in a new distribution center.

The Orlando, Fla.-based foodservice distributor relocated to a larger 9-acre facility that includes 87,000 square feet of capacity, about four times as large as its older operations in Orlando’s industrial district.

The new facility, on 8775 S. Orange Ave., is 6 miles from the previous operation and includes 38,000 square feet of refrigeration, five times the capacity of the older operation, said Ernie Harvill, president.

Near the Florida 528 toll highway, the building easily connects to interstate highway access and features more room for arriving and departing trucks, Harvill said.

It also offers additional expansion options, he said.

Harvill’s relocated to the building, which also includes office space, during the summer.

Produce Distribution Center purchased

The Jacksonville, Fla.-based Produce Distribution Center LLC is now owned by The Merchants Co. of Hattiesburg, Miss.

In June, Merchants, a broadline foodservice distributor, completed its purchase of the foodservice distributor, which was previously owned by Larry Movsovitz and other partners.

Merchants renamed Produce Distribution Center as Sunrise Produce and operates it as a Merchants subsidiary, said Abbey Deckman, Sunrise’s sales manager.

Like its predecessor, Sunrise distributes to a variety of restaurants, country clubs, institutions and other foodservice customers in north Florida and south Georgia, Deckman said.

Max Movsovitz, one of Larry Movsovitz’s sons, stayed on with the new company, working in human relations while other former employees were offered positions, Deckman said.

Sunrise distributes produce as well as dairy items.