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VERITABLE VEGETABLE

Veritable Vegetable maintains its founding principles of
collaboration, cooperation and interconnectedness.

BUILDING THE FUTURE
Because real estate is hard to come by in
the Bay Area, Veritable Vegetable operates out of three warehouses within one
block of one another. The company is in
the process of adding 20,000 square feet
to its 10,000-square-foot warehouse with
the assistance of Hartland, Wis.-based
ESI Group USA.
ESI Group is a nationwide single-source design-build expert that specializes in facility design, engineering and
construction, as well as strategic logistics
and material handling planning services
for food facilities.
"I can't say enough about these guys,"
Evans says. "They spent time with us
and gave us a tremendous amount of
resources to understand what they do,
learn about what we do and what our con-

straints are, and helped us build a firstclass facility in a very small footprint."
The state-of-the-art expansion is expected to be completed by the end of
April. Veritable Vegetable's additional
warehouse space will be environmentally friendly with efficient refrigeration.
Eventually, the company plans to put another solar field on the roof. The expansion will also stop the break in the company's cold chain so it is continuously
sealed off.
"It's got all the things a good produce
warehouse would have," Evans adds.
"We loved ESI's approach and they have
been great. They made it affordable and
are like us - offered a fair price, told us
what was going to go on so there were
no surprises and worked in partnership
with us."

Moving forward, Veritable Vegetable has its sights set on building a
100,000-square-foot space where
like-minded food businesses can co-locate and share resources. "To find a
building that size with truck and customer parking in a city that's cinched
for space in every direction is challenging, but we're hopeful," Salinger says.
Veritable Vegetable plans to continue its model of business over the longterm and will develop a succession plan
in years to come with the current staff.
"We want to continue to be a regional
distributor in our area and continue
to provide good food and raise the bar
as we go forward," Evans says. "We are
hoping what we have achieved over the
past 40 years will continue to evolve
and be a model going forward."
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