New Blueberry Packing House and Cold Storage
Five Star Family Growers Announces Joint Venture with Alpine Fresh, Inc.February 1, 2013. Five Star Family Growers, an Auburndale blueberry grower, announced Thursday it has begun construction of a packinghouse and cold storage facility that will process more than 1 million pounds of fresh blueberries beginning this spring, according to a company statement. The facility on 260 acres north of the Old Dixie Highway/Polk Parkway interchange is expected to open in March in time for the 2013 blueberry harvest. Five Star is building the packinghouse in partnership with Alpine Fresh Inc., a Doral grower, packer and shipper of blueberries and other fresh produce for 25 years. The facility will employ about 15 full-time employees plus seasonal workers.