Consalo Family Farms continues rich family tradition
Founded in 1927, Consalo Family Farms remains committed to its customers throughout North America and Canada as a vertically integrated company.
“Our family values have continued to drive our day-to-day strategies,” said Chelsea Consalo, vice president, produce operations for the Vineland, NJ-based company. “We are a year-round, global grower, packer, shipper, importer, and distributor of vegetables and blueberries with a fully owned sales division.”
With such a long history and four generations of Consalos having been involved, the company is long recognized in the New Jersey area for its dedication to growing healthy, quality fruit and vegetables.
“The roots of our family company started in New Jersey with family commitment, dependability, and leadership and remain here today,” Consalo said. “New Jersey’s unique geographic location allows us to deliver fresh produce overnight to retailers from Toronto to Florida.”
In addition to its already strict food-safety standards and guidelines, since the pandemic, Consalo Family Farms has stepped up its sanitation programs and implemented social distancing.
“We have come together as a team to be proactive in protecting our workplace and our employees so that we can continue to serve our customers as an essential business,” Consalo said. “Our new surface testing program in partnership with Eurofins is one way that we are doing this. This unique program allows us to sample and monitor frequently touched surfaces such as door handles and tables in our facility for SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19).”
Seeding has just begun for the fall crops and the company hopes to beat the heat and the rain and is looking forward to good production this fall.
“We are excited to continue to grow one of our biggest items, blueberries,” Consalo said. “We have over 9.5 million pounds under our own production and management in New Jersey alone. We also specialize in salad items, cooking greens, and herbs, and continue to see an upward trend in the consumption of cilantro as one of our main items. We offer specialty packaging on herbs and all of our other items as well.”
Elsewhere around the company, Consalo Family Farms recently welcomed both Brad Cantwell and Pepe Martinez to its team.
Cantwell has more than 35 years of industry experience, a majority of which he spent at Dole Fresh Fruit as the vice president of deciduous fruit in North America. Martinez has 30 years of experience in international grower relations with a focus in quality control and post-harvest management.
“Their connections to growers from Peru, Argentina, Chile, Brazil and South Africa will offer incredible opportunities to service and supply our customer base,” Consalo said.
“Not only do we continue to increase our acreage on blueberries in Mexico and South America, our new imported grape program headed by Brad expects to import 2 million boxes this coming season.”