Kingston, a distributor, importer and shipper of a variety of fruits and vegetables grown in Central America, South America, Mexico and the United States, announced that it will begin shipping its premium quality sweet onion program from Peru with first U.S. arrivals, which are slated for mid-August.
“The steady development of our direct import programs, which now include sweet onions from Peru, have been a great success for our team,” Ken Nabal, president of the Idaho Falls, ID-based company, said in a press release. “This starts with our ‘boots on the ground’ quality control and food-safety professionals in Central America and South America, and ends with our talented sales professionals in our four regional U.S offices, our cold-storage facilities and transportation capabilities. Our strategic plan is to continue providing value-added programs to our customers, finding operating efficiencies through vertical integration, and passing these savings along to the end user. Likewise, our growers are also happy with our expansion since we are able to provide excellent retail and foodservice distribution channels nationwide for their products with sustained growth to follow.”
While the Kingston Sugar Pine golden pineapple program from Costa Rica remains the flagship import program for the company, it has steadily branched out into other key globally sourced products, such as mangos, papayas, asparagus, melons and citrus.
“Our strong presence, both within the various growing regions as well as logistically at the port terminals, has allowed us to continue expansion of our products from Central and South America,” said David Kingston, chief executive officer and owner of the company. “We continue to broaden our excellent relationships in these countries and our grower-partners are excited to work and expand with us here at Kingston. The growth has been exciting.
“With this expanding portfolio of products, we will be better positioned to service our customers domestically and grow our collective businesses,” Kingston added. “As usual, the key will be to continue our brand promise of delivering excellent customer service while also maintaining a relentless commitment to quality and food safety. These are the hallmarks of our reputation within the industry.”