Our 160,000 sq. foot facility, with it’s refrigerated storage, loading docks, and ripening rooms, provides top conditions for food safety. Outfitted with state-of-the-art packing and sorting equipment, our warehouse is equipped to meet any customer needs. Finally, our sweeper system and quality control practices ensure that the warehouse is kept to the highest levels of cleanliness standards.
Packing on Location:
We further customize to our customers’ needs by offering a variety of packaging services.
- Citrus: The Class Produce Group has its own citrus repacking operation, and can provide mesh bagging for a variety of fruits. We offer bagging in any size, any weight, depending on customer preference. Orders can be prepared in time for same or next day delivery.
- Potatoes: Creamers, which are small red or white potatoes, are available in clamshell packaging.
- Tomatoes: Tomatoes, as well as other fruits and vegetables, can be sorted and packed according to exact customer specifications of size, color, and weight, thanks to our state-of-the-art computerized sorting machine. Product is available in 5, 10, 20, or 25 lb. increments, as well as clamshell or cellophane packaging. (For more information about Tomato Repacking, see Tomato repacking division)
- Customized Labeling Available: We can label all of our packaging with our customers’ private labels. If customers prefer, we can use our own label: Jean’s Classy Pack.
- Ripening Rooms: We have 36 pressurized ripening rooms, where ethylene gas is used to bring avocados, tomatoes or bananas to the stage of ripeness customers prefer. Due to the number of ripening rooms, we can supply more bananas or tomatoes than our competitors–and ensure that our products are in a perfect state of ripeness when they hit the stores.
The Class Produce Group has a 170,000 square foot warehouse. we are an FDA registered facility, and are compliant with Department of Homeland Security, and Bioterrorism Laws. All product is received in a refrigerated enclosed dock that is maintained at 40 degrees- offering an unbroken cold chain. USDA trained workers receive all product. The product is first pulped while on the truck to ensure temperature was properly maintained. A sealed temperature recorder is opened and checked for any temperature fluctuations. Trucks are unloaded and product sorted according to kind. If applicable, product weight is checked and/or counted and then inspected for quality. A lot number is then assigned to each load and labeled accordingly. Any product that does not meet USDA standards is rejected. If product looks distressed according to USDA guidelines, a USDA inspection is called in for that product. Item is then stored in 36 degree refrigerated boxes according to kind. Fruit or any product giving off ethylene is stored separately.
Items are then pulled for orders accordingly and tracked by lot numbers that are set by the sales representative. At this time product is re-inspected by the selector in which it is put into a staging/holding area. The selectors’ supervisor then checks the order for correct quantity and proper quality. Product is then put onto a refrigerated truck, rechecked by the driver, and then shipped.
The Class Produce Group has two oversight areas in which the entire receiving and shipping process is carefully monitored. Our Foreman’s office is on the receiving floor in which he monitors the whole acceptance, surveillance and inspection procedure. Our Supervisors office is on the second floor with a view of the entire warehouse. He monitors all warehouse activity.
In summary, all product from shipping point, receiving and shipping is held at proper temperatures. At no time is the product placed outside of safe temperature handling zone. The product is inspected for quality no less than four times once inside our warehouse. Our criterion for receiving product is strictly enforced via USDA guidelines.
Cold Chain Management
The Class Produce Group’s Distribution Center, with it’s refrigerated storage, loading docks, and ripening rooms, provides top conditions for distribution.
All product is received and maintained at 40F, depending on the zone, to ensure an unbroken cold chain, all the way to YOUR DOOR! USDA trained employees receive all product to ensure product is properly maintained.
Whether it’s an emergency short or a standing contract, we deliver in a timely, reliable manner. We are open 24 hours a day, 6 days a week and ship to the entire East Coast. Our fleet of 60 refrigerated trucks ensures we have the flexibility to deliver no matter how large or small an order, 7 days a week.
The Class Produce Group takes produce
COOL Compliance: The Class Produce Group is in compliance with Sec. 560.200 Country of Origin Labeling (CPG 7119.02). All invoices include Country of Origin next to each item shipped.
- Class Produce has an alarm system on the warehouse. The gate to the warehouse is locked when facility closes.
- Barb-wired fencing surrounds the perimeter of the building.
- Control over loading & shipping producers are discussed within the context of the proposal.
- We share customer routes, etc., on a need-to-know basis.
- We have 34 state of the art security cameras installed in the interior/exterior of our premises. The system has a 30 day recording backup and can be view at any location on our network by authorized personnel.
- All drivers have criminal background checks, driving record, physicals and drug screens.
- All employees are required to sign an employee handbook outlining all policies and guidelines.
- Employees have at least two interviews.
- We conduct random drug testing on all employees.
- Make sure employee background checks are current.
- Any employee that is in contact with money also has a criminal and credit check.
- In order to demonstrate no evidence of tampering once the product has left our facility all product is palletized and wrapped in stretch wrap prior to leaving our warehouse.
- All employees work on a need to know basis as we keep a low profile working with any/all government contracts.