Shane Holzderber Details Unique Advantages and Benefits of The Castellini Group of Companies
- by Jordan Okumura
CINCINNATI, OH - Unification and agility are key in an age when fresh produce operators are looking for a one-stop-shop for all their supply chain, logistics, and buy-side needs. Anticipating the future demands of an uncertain road ahead, the newly united Castellini Group of Companies has fine-tuned its strategies and presented a well-oiled machine for its partners across the fruit and vegetable space.
“The Castellini Group of Companies is now leveraging our extensive service network, resources, and experience to offer full-forward distribution services. Programs range from finished product cross-dock to fully integrated repack, inventory, order selection, and delivery services,” Shane Holzderber, Director of Sales and Operations, Southeast Division shares with me.
Expansion and new projects are the names of the game. With expanded facilities in Wilder, Kentucky, and new operations in Atlanta, Georgia, Castellini has the capabilities to service a wide variety of program needs. With over a century in the produce business, the newly formed powerhouse takes great pride in its quality and service history. Additionally, Castellini applies that same level of attention to its forward distribution partners' product to boot.
Here is a selection of highlights surrounding the uniquely formed operation which are promising efficiency and differentiation for its clients and future partners:
- Cross dock program
- Inventory/repack services
- Quality inspections adhering to established customer specifications
- Multi-temp controlled warehouse
- Boxing and labeling as well as custom kit assembly
- Grading/sorting for quality, size, color and/or defects
- Ripening (mangos, avocados, bananas, tomatoes)
- Delivery services
- Offer both full pallet and case pick programs depending on customer needs
- Pallet delivery rates for many LTL loads as well as full truckload rates as needed
“We have a diverse distribution network with extensive reach into the retail market with endpoints at most major retailers as well-targeted direct store deliveries,” Shane reflects. “Broad-line and foodservice distribution is also a major focus of our current network. We can offer full truckload deliveries as well as LTL rates for most areas.”
When I ask Shane how these new service expansions enable Castellini to service its customers from inbound product to logistical mapping, he notes that the company’s goal is to be a true solutions provider.
“As our network and service offerings change, we look for efficiency and cost savings for our forward distribution partners as well. We have resources to solve end-to-end supply chain needs, including inbound freight and recommendations on end-user service plans,” Shane says. “Our expansion in Atlanta has given us extended reach into the growing southeastern market. Our widespread facilities are now able to reach the entire Eastern half of the country and we are ready to not only support our customers’ programs but help them to excel.”
Growth was once down the road for many fresh produce companies East of the Mississippi and now, with the help of Castellini, it is a current reality.