Fresh Del Monte Produce has announced that its subsidiary Fresh Del Monte Japan has begun operations in its newly completed plant in Yokohama, Japan. The fresh-cut plant, which has an annual production capacity of 10,000 tons of fruits and vegetables, will serve as a manufacturing base that satisfies the increasing need for ready-to-eat fresh and convenient fruits, salads, and vegetables across Japan. Fresh Del Monte Produce broke ground on the $19 million facility last year and built in stringent hygiene protocols and a low-temperature air condition management system to maintain product quality and freshness.

“We identified a significant growth in demand for fresh and high-quality produce across Japan,” said Youssef Zakharia, president and chief operating officer of Fresh Del Monte Produce, in a press release. “Today, more than ever, our consumers are looking for fresh ready-to-eat options. Our plant in Yokohama will maximize our wide range of products, driving growth and innovation in our fresh-cut segment.”

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