Aspen Logistics, Inc’s Northern California campus in the city of Oakland was recently certified to warehouse organic products. Aspen Logistics is a third-party logistics provider (3PL) who operates the supply-chains of many global and domestic manufacturers. Their Oakland campus contains refrigerated space that serves as a staging point for customers’ inventories bound for Asian and northwestern markets. The certification allows the warehouse to store organic products in compliance with the strict regulations that come with this designation. The Oakland facility specializes in consumable products such as foods, candies, and pharmaceuticals.
Consumer demand has been driving manufacturers to increase their organic selection of products. This demand has reached the supply-chain, driving 3PL’s like Aspen to accommodate those product’s needs. Aspen felt that the time was right to make an investment into organic certification for Oakland. For the foreseeable future, consumer demand for such products will not die-down. This certification opens up new opportunities for customers with organic products who are looking for a gateway into the west. With its close proximity to the port of Oakland and major road/railway arteries the campus puts inventories in accessible reach of some of the biggest markets in United States.
Aspen’s campus applied for certification through Organic Certifiers, a certifying service who ensure organic integrity of production throughout the entire chain of custody. The certification consists ofan initial document review and on-site inspection. Aspen put together an analysis to determine what additional modifications were needed to allow the facility to qualify. After the certificate from Organic Certifiers was received, Aspen registered with the State of California. The warehouse is now officially recognized as able to handle or process processed products “sold as organic.”