Cutting Edge Processing
J&J Distributing was established in 1978. Our facility is approximately 110,000 square feet of which 90,000 square feet are refrigerated. All products in the facility are stored at temperature which optimizes the shelf life. Unlike most processors we are a full service wholesaler and distribution center supporting our customers with a full inventory of conventional, organic and ethnic products fresh and dried. J&J Distributing is a one stop shop solution where inventory is replenished with one call and one delivery.
In 2009 we embarked on a 3 phase project to impact the environment and better serve our customers. The first phase was directed at reducing our impact on the community and the environment by reducing our energy use while increasing our refrigeration and lighting efficiencies with a carbon negative result. Phase 2 is a 10.000 sq. foot cold storage addition, and adding another 10,000 sq. feet to our processing area including a separate USDA room and a state of the art lettuce processing area. The machine to do the processing is from Italy and is built for the facility. It is one of a kind.
This machine will not only process lettuce but also processes all vegetables. The product is brought in in bins and dumped for prep. After prep it goes to the cutter and then to the first wash, after the first wash it goes thru fines removal to a second wash, on to the third wash which is a 2 minute submersion in Tsunami in a closed flume. All of the washes are done at a temperature of 34 degrees. The triple wash system is food safety at its highest level.
The product is then sent to the dryers and then on to the modified atmosphere bagger which eliminates oxygen in the bag and discourages bacterial growth. This discourages browning and decay. This along with inventory on demand results in longer shelf life, less shrink and happy customers.
We have also installed the same food safety philosophy in our fruit and USDA rooms with a state of the are fruit washing system.
- May 14, 2013
- Certified Food Scientist
Teresa P Olson, CFS has successfully earned the designation of Certified Food Scientist (CFS). With this approval, she will be one of the food scientists who will be etched in the history of IFT (Institute of Food Technologists) and the profession for being a part of the inaugural class of CFS certificants.Read More
- By Institute of Food Technologists