IPR’s success changes warehousing plan

rio rico, az — When IPR Fresh moved into its newly-purchased Nogales warehouse on Nov. 1, 2017, Jose Luis Obregon told The Produce News he expected to grow in the new facility for a dozen years.

He was wrong.

“Everything has changed for the good.”

IPR33 Jose Luis Obregon stands amid the loading dock of IPR Fresh. This space was forced by necessity to become an extension of the firm’s cold storage. The larger working space allowed the firm to grow so quickly that IPR is going to need a bigger warehouse.

“We have outgrown the building,” Obregon said this November. A warehouse tour was akin to walking a maze. The indoor loading dock, which IPR refrigerated to preserve the cold chain, was full of pallets, which extended to the back of the official cold rooms.

“We are working hard. It’s paying off. Ultimately, we will have to move. We are looking at opportunities.”

The firm’s peak business is in February. “But now, in non-peak periods, we have a lot of product. We have a lot coming in, which is always good. But it keeps us on our toes to move inventory.”

He added, “If we had stayed in our old facility in Rio Rico, we never would have accomplished what we have here.” This year, business was so good that “our season never ended. Our mainstay is colored Bells, which we have through the year.”

This fall, IPR Fresh distributed green Bells from Coachella, CA, as well as from Hermosillo. Cucumbers were also being offered by early November.

In mid-November, IPR was to be shipping from Bells, hot peppers and grey squash from the family’s hometown of Obregon, Sonora.

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