Maintenance of the cold chain is a critical aspect of receiving and distributing quality fresh produce. Crystal Valley installed a forced air cooler in Miami in 2011 with the capacity of cooling up to 7000 boxes of asparagus in 2.5 hours.
1). MIAMI OFFICE, RECEIVING & DISTRIBUTION FACILITY
Crystal Valley’s Miami facility, located 5 minutes from Miami International Airport, has 35,000 SFT of cooler space and 18 dock height loading doors. Coolers are racked to optimize capacity and facilitate inventory control and order processing. Crystal Valley uses the Famous Produce inventory system both in Miami and Los Angeles.
Cooler systems are on a stringent maintenance program in order to guarantee proper temperature maintenance as well as equipment life, economy of use, and sanitation.
The Miami facility was certified SQF 2000 Level 2 in July 2012 and maintains that food safety certification standard.
2). CRYSTAL VALLEY WEST, LOS ANGELES WHOLESALE TERMINAL MARKET
In order to better serve it’s West Coast customers and to build a closer working relationship with key Mexican suppliers, Crystal Valley opened the LA office (with cooler and distribution facility) in October, 2012.
The LA facility, being located ON the LA Terminal Market, operates an active local wholesale business, in addition to the traditional “importer / distributer” role that Crystal Valley fulfills on the East Coast.
Crystal Valley West, Inc. was certified SQF 2000 Level 2 in May 2013. We are very proud of the effort put forth by the Crystal Valley corporate food safety team, in conjunction with local management and staff, in order to achieve this very important certification level.
3). McALLEN, TEXAS 3RD PARTY FACILITIES
Crystal Valley uses 3 distinct 3rd party receiving facilities in McAllen / Pharr, Texas for Mexican asparagus, snow peas, and Guatemalan specialty items. These facilities are all operating with HACCP programs in place and have SQF or Primus Food Safety Certifications.