Porter added that the company’s dry veg side of the business has seen large growth over the last two to three years. “We have expanded into the value-added side of the business as well as with overwrapped product and we have a bagging system,” he said.
The company’s increase in business and year-round production is possible because of farming acreage in south, central and north Florida, south and north Georgia, and South Carolina as well as its farms in North Carolina. “We have tomatoes and dry veg items 52 weeks a year,” said Porter.
He added that the location of the packing facilities in Florida and North Carolina give the company one day access to virtually any customer east of the Mississippi River. “This allows us to keep all the product fresh and also allows most customers the ability to adjust orders on the day of shipping,” he said. “This allows for less shrink and fresher product at store level.”