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Latest News about Index Fresh


Index Fresh and Ti (Tippmann Innovation) Hold Ribbon Cutting Ceremony For New Refrigerated Facility in Pharr, TX.

Pharr, TX (January 11, 2018): Index Fresh based out of Riverside CA, along with Ti (Tippmann Innovation) of Fort Wayne, IN are proud to announce the ribbon cutting of the new Index Fresh avocado distribution facility in Pharr, TX.  The Ceremony held on January 9th 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

The new 60,000+ sf building designed and built by Ti (Tippmann Innovation) is now in full operation with the facility serving all aspects of Index Fresh Avocado business. 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., Pharr, TX 78577.  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.”

“We chose Tippmann after putting the bid out to 3 companies,” said Dana Thomas, President of Index Fresh. “They were not the least expensive, but they were competitive and I had a comfort level with them.  Ti (Tippmann Innovation) specializes in this type of facility and after having the opportunity to visit some of there other facilities they had built, I knew they were the guys we wanted to go with,” Thomas continued.  “Along the way, Ti (Tippmann Innovation) delivered on everything they said they would do.”

Ti (Tippmann Innovation), a leader in the planning and building of cold storage facilities, worked with Index Fresh to design a modern, efficient facility that has the capacity and the flexibility to provide refrigerated service as the needs arise, using the most advanced technology in the industry.


Tippmann Innovation in Conjunction with the Texas International Produce Association, will Host a Tour of the State-of-the-Art Index Fresh Avocado Processing Plant and Distribution Center

Pharr, TX (Jan 2nd, 2018): The tour of the refrigerated Index Fresh plant and DC, located at 1100 W. Capote Central Ave. in Pharr, TX will start at 10:00 a.m. on Wed. January 24th. A luncheon and a symposium will follow at 12 Noon. The TI team will discuss its experience in working with their clients throughout the US and around the globe in ‘Managing Unpredictability’ in the ever changing produce industry. The symposium will discuss how to design flexibility into your plant and distribution center and how small to medium size processors are using shared facilities and logistics services in lowering their cost, while improving service performance.

See and learn how new refrigerated buildings are being be designed for a host of functionality ranging from multi-temperature zones and patented quick chill systems to racking systems that can accommodate fast turn products and efficient pick lines.  Learn how built in processing and packaging areas provide for highly efficient product flows into and out of the facility.  

As some of the largest global food companies are aggressively reducing assets with no negative impacts on service performance, they are realizing how they can leverage the use of specialized third-party logistics providers.  As such, you will hear how you can leverage the assets of companies like SpartanNash and two of their operating units Caito Foods and Blue Ribbon Transport in improving service and reducing cost in today’s market.  In addition, one of the most innovative transportation companies in the US, Convoy, will discuss the ever increasing tightening of the refrigerated trucking market rising rates and what to do about them.   Convoy is an award-winning tech-enabled trucking network that offers guaranteed capacity and industry-leading reliability for the transport of freight.  Using technology, Convoy has built the world’s largest automated trucking brokerage and marketplace with upfront pricing and real-time GPS tracking on all shipments. 

 

 

 

6/6/2017 Index Fresh and Tippmann Innovation make big impact with first groundbreaking in city’s new Pharr Produce Park.

 

Pharr, TX (June 6, 2017): Worldwide avocado marketer, Index Fresh, along with builder Tippmann Innovation, held the groundbreaking ceremony on June 6, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. for the new distribution and cold storage facility, located in the city-backed Pharr Produce Park at 1100 W. Capote Central Ave., Pharr, TX 78577.

The new 60,000 square foot facility will feature 2,600 pallet positions, ten ripening rooms, a bagging and repackaging area, and nine dock doors, all in a temperature-controlled environment. The state-of-the-art facility will have a positive impact on the local economy due to employment opportunities and serving as an anchor for Pharr Produce Park.

Index Fresh, based in Bloomington, California, is a worldwide marketer of avocados, sourcing from all major growing regions around the globe, including Mexico. When the company was looking for the ideal location to expand its southwest distribution, they were drawn to Pharr. Dana Thomas, president and CEO of Index Fresh, explains, “We were interested in Pharr’s proximity to the border for our Mexico imports. The city was wonderful in working with us.” Pharr, TX, which is located less than 3 miles to the east of McAllen, TX serves as one of the primary entry points for produce entering the U.S. from Mexico.

Tippmann Innovation, a leader in the planning and building of cold storage facilities, worked with Index Fresh to design a modern, efficient ripening and storage facility that leaves room for future expansions. “Index Fresh has experienced double-digit growth over the past five years. This was a major consideration during planning. It was important for us to allow for future growth without slowing down production,” says Rob Adams of Tippmann Innovation. He also points out that the building’s innovative layout will enable Index Fresh to ripen and store more fruit with a smaller footprint than previous facilities.

The facility, which is the first to break ground in Pharr Produce Park, is slated for completion in late fall of this year.

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About Index Fresh.

Index Fresh, Inc. grows and markets avocados to retail and food services markets worldwide. Index Fresh, Inc. was founded in 1914 and is based in Bloomington, California. It has facilities in California, Texas, Pennsylvania, Kentucky, Ohio, Colorado, and Illinois. Learn more at indexfresh.com

About Tippmann Innovation (TI)

Tippmann Innovation is an award winning, specialty industrial cold storage builder that develops buildings around a business plan, ensuring that an investment becomes a profit center. TI utilizes time-honed expertise and advanced technology solutions to create efficient buildings that scale with a business, and are designed to maximize profitability through fully integrating operations and supply chain, by design. TI provides a full suite of cold storage construction services, including master site planning, and operations and maintenance guidance. TI’s innovations include the Patented QF+ in-rack freezing and thawing system, coupled with the T2™ spacer system that takes pallet freezing to the next level. TI has offices in Indiana, Illinois and Florida and operates internationally.

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Update (5/31/2017) Jobsite Camera Live for Index Fresh

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 4/28/2017

Tippmann Innovation to Design/Build Avocado Pre-Conditioning Facility for Index Fresh.

 

FORT WAYNE, IN (April 28, 2017): Tippmann Innovation (TI) has begun work on an advanced pre-conditioning center located in Pharr, Texas, for Index Fresh. Index Fresh is a global producer of avocados, founded in 1914. Tippmann worked with the engineering and management team at Index Fresh to design the state of the art facility, with future plans to meet their increasing capacity requirements.

TI’s experience in designing food processing and cold storage facilities coupled with Index Fresh’s operational know how made for a great team. Both companies came together after a year of design discussions and produced a great facility.

Dana Thomas, President and CEO of Index Fresh, has been intimately involved in the entire design process. His 36-year experience in the Avocado business was integrated into the final design of the facility, and the well-planned workflow is evident. Tippmann enjoys working with food industry experts, and Dana is certainly one of them.

One of Tippmann’s mottos is to “Begin with the end in mind,” so when designing the building, the entire master site plan is considered. The design of the current facility allows for Index Fresh to enjoy the ability to increase the size of the facility without slowing down production. Index Fresh has enjoyed tremendous growth over the last 5 years and selecting the site in Pharr, TX was very important.

 

About Tippmann Innovation (TI)

Tippmann Innovation is an award winning, specialty industrial cold storage builder that develops buildings around a business plan, ensuring that an investment becomes a profit center. TI utilizes time-honed expertise and advanced technology solutions to create efficient buildings that scale with a business, and are designed to maximize profitability through fully integrating operations and supply chain, by design. TI provides a full suite of cold storage construction services, including master site planning, and operations and maintenance guidance. TI’s innovations include the Patented QF+ in-rack freezing and thawing system, coupled with the T2™ spacer system that takes pallet freezing to the next level. TI has offices in Indiana, Illinois and Florida and operates internationally.

 

Follow this project as it progresses:https://www.ticold.com/Index-Fresh