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Chiquita opens state-of-the-art distribution center in Nogales

Chiquita Brands International Inc. announced the opening of a new distribution center in Nogales, AZ, which serves retail and foodservice customers with "Chiquita" brand fresh fruits and vegetables.

The facility offers state-of-the-art inventory management and easier handling, loading and unloading of products. It is also certified to leading food-safety standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture, the Arizona Department of Health Services and Primus Labs.

"This upgraded facility allows us to expand our grower base, strengthen our sales team and enhance our ability to offer the highest quality produce delivered via an extremely efficient supply chain, thus ensuring superior freshness for our retail and foodservice customers," Fortunato Martinez, vice president of Fresh Select for Chiquita Fresh North America, said in a statement.

The facility offers an expanded line of fresh vegetables (including greenhouse tomatoes, European cucumbers and bell peppers as well as open-field tomatoes, cucumbers, squash and bell peppers) and fresh fruits (including grapes, honeydew, cantaloupe and watermelon).

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