Crystal Valley provides a wide array of specialty fruits and vegetables year-round. In addition to our core line, which includes asparagus, baby vegetables, peas, and beans, our procurement team is constantly working to source the most unique, quality products in order to provide our customers with a variety of options throughout the year. In 2016, we were the 3rd largest asparagus importer in the United States and as a pioneer in baby vegetable imports, we are the largest specialty importer out of Guatemala.
At Crystal Valley Foods, we work with key grower-partners in the US, Guatemala, Mexico, Peru, Chile, and the Dominican Republic, to form strong alliances and partnerships focused on long term sustainability. We control the source and logistics through these long-term partnerships to make sure all of the product getting to our customers is of the highest quality and integrity. With an integrated supply chain, we are one of the few vertically integrated specialty companies in the US and we own farms and packing houses in order to complement our grower programs.
Our sourcing program begins with planning the crop cycles with our partners and this has allowed us to plan production in order to deliver consistent, quality product. In order to adjust to the increased volume required to meet today’s demand, along with the focus on limiting shrink and optimizing cold chain management, the harvest and packing operations in Latin America have made huge advancements in the sophistication of their farming, harvest, and post-harvest programs. Packing facilities are operated under strict sanitation and hygiene regulations and the majority include in-house microbiological labs for routine swab testing of process surfaces and basic product testing. This is supplemented via 3rd party laboratories for pesticide residue screen testing. Cold chain management is also one of the core responsibilities of the packing facilities, besides proper grading, selection, and packing.