Index Fresh, based out of Riverside, California, along with Tippmann Innovation of Fort Wayne, Indiana, opened a new 60,000 square foot avocado distribution facility, 57 miles west of Brownsville, in Pharr, Texas. The facility is connected by bridge to the Mexican city of Reynosa.
The building, designed and built by Tippmann Innovation, is now in full operation with the facility serving all aspects of Index Fresh Avocado business. The opening completes the nearly yearlong project which will continue to help Index Fresh expand their growing market presence both in the U.S. and in Mexico, company officials said.
According to company officials, the fully expandable state-of-the-art plant allows for ripening, storage and distribution all under one roof. The multi temperature facility has varying temperature zones to accommodate fresh perishables which allows Index Fresh to satisfy the growing demand for Fresh Product.
The new Index Fresh facility was built in the city-backed Pharr Produce Park at 1100 W. Capote Central Ave. in Pharr, Texas. With close access to the border it allows Index Fresh and other companies positioned in the park to more efficiently move product in and out of Mexico.
"Produce is an economic driver for the City of Pharr, especially given our geographical proximity and ideal location near the U.S.-Mexico border," said Mayor Ambrosio Hernandez, M.D.
"Pharr International Bridge has been the leader when it comes to produce trade, accounting for nearly 60 percent of all fresh produce imported from Mexico crossing into the U.S. through our bridge," Hernandez continued. "We have a long relationship with Index Fresh and are happy to have solidified our partnership through their investment in opening their first facility in Texas, right here in Pharr,” the Mayor said."