Georgia Peach Orchard Shippers Merge; Pharr Distribution Center is Coming

Georgia Peach Orchard Shippers Merge; Pharr Distribution Center is Coming

DSCN0445Produce industry consolidations seem to be common place these days, with one of the latest being two Georgia peach shippers…Also new distribution centers continue in South Texas, this time from Evergreen Cold Storage.

Over 5,000 acres of peaches will be shipped under the Lane Southern Orchards brand following a merger of perhaps Georgia’s two largest peach shippers.

Lane Southern Orchards of Ft. Collins, GA and  Taylor Orchards of nearby Reynolds, GA have merged.  Lane Southern Orchards farms 2,000 acres of peaches and 3,500 acres of pecans, while Taylor Orchards farms 3,000 acres of peaches and 950 acres of row crops which include peanuts and soybeans.

The combined company will ship peaches under the Lane Southern Orchards label.  Additionally, the new operation plans to increase peach production by 700 acres and pecan production by 1,000 acres.

“This additional supply of peaches allows us to be a better supplier to existing customers and expand our customer base as well,” Duke Lane III, director of sales for Lane Southern Orchards, said in a news release. “From a sales and marketing perspective, you can engage consumers in creative ways with nearly 6,000 acres of Georgia peaches. It is going to be an exciting summer for Georgia peaches.”

New South Texas Distribution Center Coming

By Rio Grande Guardian

PHARR, TX – Pharr city and economic development officials helped Evergreen Cold Storage break ground on a new fresh produce warehouse project on Hi Line Road, not far from the Pharr International Bridge.

Victor Perez, executive director of Pharr Economic Development Corporation, said the groundbreaking kick starts Evergreen’s plans to construct a total of 283,200 square feet of warehouse space in three phases on approximately 16.7 acres.

“The first phase is the construction of a 117,000 square feet warehouse to be completed by December 2018. The second phase includes a 95,600 square-foot warehouse and a 13,000 square-foot commercial area, to be completed by December 2021. The third phase will include the construction of a 57,600 square-foot warehouse to be completed by December 2022,” Perez told the Rio Grande Guardian.