The Produce News

Southern Valley Fruit & Vegetable has made several facility and internal improvements over the past year.

Dug Schwalls, director of sales for the company, headquartered in Norman Park, GA, said, “We added nearly 80,000 square feet of cooling space to our Georgia facility this year. And we have installed a new squash packingline in the past year.”

Mr. Schwalls said that the company grows and packs its own farm-grown product.

“We grow pole cucumbers, yellow squash-both straight and crooked neck-green beans, zucchini, bell peppers, specialty peppers in 12 types, eggplant, pickles, green, red and Savoy cabbage, hard squashes, sweet corn, tomatoes and blueberries,” said Mr. Schwalls. “In the spring and fall we grow in Georgia. In the summer we grow in Pikeville, Tennessee. In the winter we grow in Yucatan, Mexico.”

The combination of growing regions gives Southern Valley the ability to provide year-round supplies to its customers, who are retailers, foodservice operators and wholesalers. The company’s fresh produce is distributed across the United States and into Canada under the “Southern Valley” label.

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“We are Primus Global Food Sourcing-certified,” Mr. Schwalls noted. “And we have food-safety certification from the U.S. Department of Agriculture.”

The company also supports locally grown initiatives in the regions where it grows.

“Some retailers use our family information to help promote their locally grown programs,” said Mr. Schwalls. “Consumers today want to know who grew the food that they’re eating, and how it was handled. We see this as a highly positive trend, and one that growers such as Southern Valley will only benefit from in the future.”

 

This article was originally published in The Produce News. You can read the full article here.

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