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Eastern Propak makes significant investment in infrastructure

By
Keith Loria

As a state-of-the-art facility located in Glassboro, NJ, in close proximity to the major Delaware ports, Eastern Propak is a leading hub for those on the East Coast, fulfilling a long list of services for its customers, including receiving, repacking, shipping, cold storage and more.

The company serves as a second-party co-packer for Jersey Fruit and the company has several local growers that provide fruit that it packs under the Jersey Fruit label. Eastern Propak also boasts more than 170,000 square feet of storage and repackaging capability that can accommodate over 9,000 pallet positions.

In June, Eastern Propak turns its attention to peaches, and offers a state-of-the-art peach-packing line that ensures it remains a leader in the segment. “We have a rich history and vast experience packing peaches at Eastern Propak,” said Rob Kearney, the company’s CEO. “We’ve been providing our packing services for decades and our experienced team ensures that only the highest quality product is selected for our customers at a very competitive rate.”

In 2022, the company is expected to process more than 5 million pounds of product. “We are looking forward to another great New Jersey peach season this year at Eastern Propak,” Kearney said. “We receive bulk peaches/nectarines from various Jersey Fruit customers and pack them based on their requirements into bulk fill and specialty pack sizes. We are already prepping our line and making sure we have all materials needed to exceed our customer’s packing expectations.”

Peach growers in the state are doing all they can to have an exceptional crop and Eastern Propak is looking forward to what’s to come. “We’ve been working with local officials to promote our extremely high-quality delicious peaches/nectarines and prioritize them over product from other regions,” Kearney said. “We encourage local retailers to embrace and market Jersey peaches due to their delectability and local appeal. It’s always a great idea to support superior products grown by our own farmers in New Jersey.”

Eastern Propak is also enhancing its offering to ensure the company supports New Jersey peach seasons well into the future and made a significant investment to its infrastructure. “We recently purchased a new Aweta packing line with state-of-the-art technology that will ensure only the highest quality product is selected and packed for our customers,” Kearney said. “We made this investment as a commitment to our local growers and the confidence we have in the superior quality of the Jersey peach.”

In addition to the new line, the company is changing the entire landscape of its current facility. “Our owners have approved a multi-million-dollar project to improve overall operations at Eastern Propak that includes new equipment in numerous areas, additional temperature-controlled general repack space, significant upgrades to lighting, productivity improvements and employee welfare overall and most importantly provides a much safer environment for our people,” Kearney said. “We look forward to sharing these improvements and our journey going forward as we continue to focus on providing the best quality and service in the industry.”

New Jersey is known for its great tasting peaches, and Kearney believes retailers would be smart to advertise when they’re coming in, creating excitement for the upcoming season and letting consumers know about the expected great crop.

 

Keith Loria

Keith Loria

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A graduate of the University of Miami, Keith Loria is a D.C.-based award-winning journalist who has been writing for major publications for close to 20 years on topics as diverse as real estate, food and sports. He started his career with the Associated Press and has held high editorial positions at magazines aimed at healthcare, sports and technology. When not busy writing, he can be found enjoying time with his wife, Patricia, and two daughters, Jordan and Cassidy.

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