Lipman Family Farms is proud to announce significant investments in vegetable production that will revolutionize its operations and bolster the quality and output of its products.
"We recognize when it's time to invest into more resources so that our team can meet the needs of our customers and consumers alike," said Elyse Lipman, CEO. "With these investments, we will be able to meet consumer demands, enhance our operations, and enforce our position as a reliable partner in the industry."
The key investments include:
Lipman has expanded both its vegetable and watermelon acreage in Florida.
Increased vegetable acreage in Florida: Lipman has significantly expanded its vegetable and watermelon acreage in Florida, ensuring a consistent supply of vegetables year-round.
Acquisition of Chapman Fruit Co.: Lipman Family Farms has purchased Chapman Fruit Co., a reputable vegetable packer in Southwest Florida. This strategic move creates additional capacity to accommodate the growing volume of vegetables produced by Lipman in the region, ultimately increasing cooling and packing capabilities.
Located in Immokalee, Florida, this acquisition provides a 65,000-square-foot packing facility that is situated near Lipman's farms in Southwest Florida, allowing for short and efficient local transit. The facility is equipped to handle and store the increased volume of watermelon and vegetables produced by Lipman.
Lipman acquiring Chapman Fruit Co. adds additional capacity to accommodate the growing volume of vegetables it produces.
12-Lane AWETA Pepper Packing Machine: The company has also invested in a cutting-edge 12-lane AWETA machine for packing peppers in Florida. This machine expands the vegetable packing capabilities at Lipman's existing facilities and significantly improves automation efficiencies. It can sort and pack approximately 5,200 cases of peppers per hour and offers various packing capabilities, including DRCs, PLU labeling, and bagging.
"The acquisition of Chapman Produce and the implementation of equipment such as the AWETA machine allows us to continue to streamline our operations and improve efficiency," said Toby Purse, chief operating officer. "These investments allow us to continue to enhance our operations, become more efficient, and deliver the same quality to our retailers and consumers alike."
Lipman Family Farms is excited to embark on this new phase of growth and innovation.