North Bay Produce Partners with Guatemalan Farm
- by Anne Allen
TRAVERSE CITY, MI - North Bay Produce continuously diversifies its commodities with different growing environments in order to bring the very best products to its customers. In doing so, the grower has found a partner in UniSpice, a beautiful Guatemalan farm that specializes in French green beans, snow peas, sugar snap peas, and Brussels sprouts. UniSpice is isolated between mountains and away from other farms, which promotes the healthiest and best growing conditions.
“This is one of the most unique farms that I have ever witnessed in the entire Western hemisphere. The strategic planning of the topography, selection of seed, and harvest capabilities were an eye-opening lesson,” says vegetable veteran John Battle, Director of Fresh Sales.
The partnership allows North Bay to bring the best tasting beans, peas, and Brussels sprouts year round to customers. UniSpice specializes in planned growing cycles which offer a unique “grown just for you” experience. Furthermore, the controlled farm only plants orders to customer specifications as a group to ensure consistency. The high altitude and cooler nights of Guatemala increases the produce’s brix for a sweeter taste before being hand packed at the farm.
According to a press release, North Bay Produce imports the products directly to its mid-America warehouse in Mascoutah, Illinois, in order to maintain the freshness of these commodities. This state-of-the-art warehouse is strategically located in the middle of the United States so that 90 percent of the population of North America can be reached within 18 hours or less by truck. Additionally, this facility has one of only twelve USDA Certified Cold Treatment Facilities in the United States and one of only two adjacent to an airport runway. North Bay’s strategic placements and transportation services allows the grower to be a competitive and advantageous partner for retailers and grocers.
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