Nelly Yunta, vice president of Customized Brokers (a Crowley company), was credited in a recent news article by Perishable News for helping customer Alpine Fresh, of Miami, to obtain the permitting, authorization and approval to export Peruvian asparagus to Canada.
Alpine Fresh headquartered in Miami, Florida, a major grower, packer and shipper of asparagus has crossed international borders into Canada with freshness. According to the article, Alpine Fresh reports that they are now leading the market with the first shipments of non-fumigated Peruvian asparagus from Florida to Canada, and that they are one of the first produce companies to obtain an in-transit permit from the USDA.
On Monday, November 7, this shipper transited 26,640 pounds of fresh Peruvian asparagus from Miami into Canada destined for the Canadian retail market.
Walter Yager, CEO of Alpine Fresh states, “This new protocol by USDA will significantly increase the shelf -life of transiting fresh asparagus, while helping to keep the logistics cost down. Previously, non-fumigated asparagus had to be transshipped thru New York or airlifted directly to Canada with very limited space on aircrafts and at a significantly higher cost.”
“This new permit is a significant milestone for the Peruvian asparagus industry and is a testament to what our industry can do when we work together with the USDA towards advancing the logistics process,” adds Ashley Yager.