CRAFTON, PA – Monteverde’s BB #:104308, a FreshEdge company, is excited to share the grand opening of its fresh cut operation under the Garden Cut banner in its Crafton, Pennsylvania, facility.
The facility (near Pittsburgh) consists of newly added equipment and incorporates the highest level of food safety measures to ensure quality, safe fresh cut offerings.
Monteverde’s joined the FreshEdge family of preeminent fresh food companies in November 2021. Garden Cut (Pittsburgh) currently provides fresh-cut product to hotels and resorts, healthcare facilities, schools, and restaurants.
This FreshEdge investment positions Monteverde’s to expand its current fresh-cut offerings beyond fruit salad and specialty-cut potatoes to additional items, such as fresh-cut vegetables and other value-added offerings.
“Initial feedback from Monteverde’s customers has been very positive,” said Gloria Garofalo, President of Monteverde’s. She added, “our customers have been complimentary of the quality, freshness, and taste of our Garden Cut offerings.”
Steve Monteverde, COO of Monteverde’s, shared, “we are ecstatic to be offering quality fresh-cut products to our customers.” Expanding upon that, he added “along with unmatched flavor, our fresh-cut program mitigates labor challenges and reduces food safety liability in today’s fast paced and complex environment.”
“This facility will allow us to enhance our service levels to our valued customers in the surrounding multistate area,” said Greg Corsaro, President and COO of FreshEdge.
FreshEdge was formed in 2019 through the combination of Get Fresh Produce (founded 1982), Indianapolis Fruit (founded 1947) and Piazza Produce (founded 1970). McCartney Produce (Paris, TN) joined FreshEdge in November 2020 followed by Valley Produce (Knoxville, TN) in June 2021, Vine Line (Grand Rapids, MI) in October 2021, Monteverde’s (Pittsburgh, PA) in November 2021, and City Produce (Fort Walton Beach, FL) in May 2022. Collectively, these leading fresh food distribution companies have nearly 500 years of combined experience serving the grocery and food service industries. FreshEdge includes a collection of Garden Cut branded fresh-cut processing facilities (Bartlett, Fort Walton Beach, Indianapolis, and Pittsburgh), a tomato re-packer, a USDA fresh kitchen (CIBUS Fresh), and two transportation companies. FreshEdge’s fleet resource includes more than 830 trucks domiciling across 25 facilities totaling approximately 795,000 square feet of warehouse space. Today, FreshEdge is one of the largest independent fresh food distributors in the United States and a category leader in providing both the foodservice and retail industries with fruit, vegetables, proteins, fresh grab-n-go offerings, dairy, floral, and specialty products.
(317) 250-1312 / AlexCorsaro@freshedgefoods.com