May 17, 2023

Fresh Del Monte enters distribution partnership with plant-based food company

Fresh Del Monte and has formed a partnership with food production company Vertage to expand distribution options.

The produce giant will support the growth of Vertage, a chef-founded, plant-based company, by providing access to its production facilities, technology, and logistics network through its inland logistics company, which includes Tricont Trucking and Tricont Logistics.

Vertage will be able to expand into new markets by utilizing Tricont and Fresh Del Monte’s ships, ports, and temperature-controlled warehouses located throughout 34 facilities in North America, according to a news release.

“Vertage shares our commitment to sustainable, healthy eating, and we’re excited for the possibilities this alliance will bring,” Mohammad Abu-Ghazaleh, Fresh Del Mote CEO and chair, said in the release. “We’re always seeking to collaborate with brands that align with our mission and can leverage our multiple streams of business such as our reliable logistics network.”

Fresh Del Monte participated in the company’s latest fundraising round.

“Fresh Del Monte has an incredible legacy as a global leader in fresh, healthy eating and we are honored to partner with them,” Vertage CEO Tim Wildin said. “This partnership will allow us to expand our line of our clean-label, healthy foods to more people, more quickly and more affordably than ever before.”

Vertage was founded by Margaux Riccio, whose award-winning Washington, D.C.-area restaurants Bubbies and PowPow have allowed her to experiment with foods made without ingredients from animals. Vertage cheeses are served at restaurants in California (Crossroads Kitchen), New York (Unregular Pizza, Butcher’s Daughter), and in the mid-Atlantic (Call Your Mother, Andy’s Pizza).

Fresh Del Monte Produce is a global producer, marketer and distributor of high-quality fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, as well as a leading producer and distributor of prepared food in Europe, Africa and the Middle East.

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