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GreenGate Fresh to open new facility in Salinas

GreenGate Fresh has purchased an 11-acre property in Salinas and will transform an existing 50,000-square-foot concrete tilt-up structure into a state-of-the-art processing facility slated to open April 2013.

GreenGate Fresh was founded in 2009 and is headquartered in Yuma, AZ. Its focus is on providing the foodservice industry with safe premium-quality value-added salads, slaws and tender leaf items at an excellent value.

"We will be able to process all core items under one roof, maximize sustainability and meet all current and future food-safety standards," Travis Pendleton, chief operating officer of GreenGate Fresh, said in a press release. "Keeping with our values and mission statement, we will continue to provide our customers and the foodservice industry with safe premium-quality value-added fresh vegetables all for an excellent value."

The facility, which will utilize clean-room technology, will include a raw product room, finished goods cold room, an observation deck, offices for the operations team, conference rooms, an employee break room with an outdoor patio, a food-safety lab, a quality lab and a new product development lab.

The facility will also include a shipping office with ample parking and a 12-door loading dock. Sales and accounting will reside on the property in a separate building.