Ripening

Bananas, tomatoes, and avocados are three of the largest and fastest moving categories in the produce department. And shoppers want to buy them ripe and ready to eat. With over 26 state-of the-art ripening rooms, generations of ripening expertise, and soft-touch sorting technology, you can order with confidence, knowing that Castellini will consistently deliver uniform ripeness, color, size, quality, and freshness.

Bananas: We ripen over 30 loads of bananas per week, including conventional, organic, and Fair Trade, and offer the leading banana brands every day, as well as private label.

Tomatoes: Our tomato ripening and re-packing operation is among the most extensive in the Midwest. We sort, wash, ripen, and pack both conventional and organic tomatoes, in over 30 different configurations and varieties, including round, Roma, grape, cherry, hot-house, yellow, and on-the-vine, in bulk, clam shell, layer, tray wrapped, and tube packaging. Year-round sourcing and centralized procurement ensures reliable supply and high quality every day.

Avocados: Our ripening experts know how and when to adjust the avocado conditioning process based on seasonal and country of origin differences. Zone heating and cooling within each of our rooms provides optimum temperature control that maintains the consistency of avocados at various stages of ripeness, thus providing greater flexibility to meet customer demand. We work with our customers to develop customized pre-conditioning and ripening programs to consistently meet their needs and drive category growth.