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Southern Specialties finishing new expansion in Pompano

southernspecialties Southern Specialties has 28 years of expertise growing product in the Americas, with that expertise extended to its logistics abilities thanks to experience importing into the United States via Florida airports and seaports.

“We are experts in what we do, growing and importing quality assured product produced in the Americas: Central and South America, Mexico, Canada and the U.S.,” said Charlie Eagle, vice president of business development for the company. “With many years of experience in delivering quality assured products, we maintain a cold chain from field to customers’ doors.”

The company will be celebrating its 30th anniversary in November; its first office was on the Pompano State Farmers Market. Today, the company remains in Pompano Beach.

Working in Pompano has been a big asset for the company, and it is scheduled to complete its fourth expansion at its current address, adding 25,000 square feet to its already existing space by the end of 2020’s second quarter.

The new refrigerated space will be used for production and storage, and includes four additional doors for loading, as well as more dock space and offices.

“The facility is ideally suited to handle products in a perfect atmosphere of temperature zones and humidity,” Eagle said. “We continue to make investments in our company that enable us to bring enhanced value to our customer base by providing better service and products.”

With Pompano being about 90 minutes to two hours from Homestead, FL, it’s a great place to do business. The city is also convenient to major north-south highways and growing areas on the western part of the state.

“Trucks visiting our facility can save drivers hours as opposed to visiting Homestead or Miami,” Eagle said. “We’re also very close to port Everglades and other ports in the state.”

Among the fresh produce drivers for Southern Specialties are its asparagus programs from Peru, Mexico and other producing regions. It processes and packages asparagus in-house to provide customers with pack sizes and styles ideal for their specific needs. Its value-added asparagus is sold under the well-known Southern Selects brand as well as private label programs.

“Although we ship the majority of our Mexican asparagus direct from San Louis, AZ, we also accommodate customers looking for Mexican asparagus out of our Pompano facility,” Eagle said.

In February, Southern Specialties hosted a tour of its facility for the United Fresh Leadership Class 25 and delivered a presentation on Florida as a gateway to the U.S.

“Our objective was to educate the class on the volume and variety of fruits and vegetables that enter our state from Central America and South America and then find their way to other parts of the nation,” Eagle said. “The tour and presentation were followed by a United Fresh Town Hall meeting that we sponsored at a nearby hotel that went very well.”

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