Naturipe's MBG Marketing Goes Global, Establishes MB Global Foods
GRAND JUNCTION, MI - One of the four partnering companies to make up Naturipe®, MBG Marketing is now making a strategic move into the global foods market with the establishment of MB Global Foods.
“This is a very exciting time for MBG Marketing and its grower members. Our cooperative just celebrated its 80th anniversary and this new business opportunity gives us a good start on the next 80 years,” commented President and CEO Larry Ensfield.
One of the world’s largest grower-owned blueberry and blackberry marketing cooperative, MBG Marketing said in a press release that this latest development will complement its commitment to growing its product portfolio in cooperation with Naturipe Value Added Foods.
Ensfield and MBG’s Board of Directors expressed excitement for the new venture in partnership with food industry veterans Stephen Mullin and Paul Gibis, who will be managing MB Global Foods.
Mullin and Gibis bring years of experience in servicing international food markets, and will be at the AFFI-Con 2017 meetings being held March 4-7 in San Diego, CA.
A new international frozen fruit and vegetable business based in Hudson QC, Canada, MB Global Foods is set to begin in March of 2017.
MBG Marketing said that it plans to make substantial capital investments into its two existing IQF and value-added processing facilities in Michigan and Georgia to support MB Global Foods’ key initiatives, which will include the procurement of food stocks from around the world to support these processing capabilities.