Nogales, Ariz.-based Coast Citrus Distributors says it has stepped up its direct-sourcing of tropical items.

“We want to control our total production, from planting to distribution,” said Isabel Freeland, vice president.

She said that approach is the best way to ensure product meets all quality and food-safety standards.

The company also is building a new warehouse in San Francisco and a new packinghouse in Peru, Freeland said.