Two things that don’t normally have a lot in common are fish and flowers — especially when you consider that TV commercials for air fresheners use these exact same aromas in their commercials.
However, these two wildly popular perishables at seemingly opposite ends of the spectrum get similarly special treatment by Prime Fresh Handling. As soon as fresh tuna and orchid leis shipments arrive from overseas at Los Angeles International Airport, they are whisked off to be skillfully prepared for market by PFH – one of the fast-growing companies under the Prime Group umbrella.
The orchid leis that are shipped here from Thailand arrive pre-strung into the iconic graduation garb that you see draped on high-school and college graduates throughout the month of June. Once PFH takes delivery on behalf of their client, the leis are then repacked into a clear plastic, clamshell packaging. At this point in the process, the ready-for-retail leis are transported from PFH’s LAX facility directly straight to grocery stores, florists, and the eventual grateful grads.
“Clearly there is a big demand for orchids in June because of all the student graduations,” said PFH Commercial Manager Cristina Moscoso. “They have all started wearing leis at their graduation parties that are often handed out after commencement.” With more than 15 years in the air cargo industry, Moscoso is at the helm of the Los Angeles operation.
A Tale of Tuna
Incoming tuna at Prime Fresh Handling goes through a much more rigorous process than that of the leis. These fresh – and in most cases – enourmous fish are shipped to the PFH Los Angeles location from countries all across the world, from Indonesia to Spain.
Inside the brand new 52,000-square-foot-facility, the tuna is briefly stored inside top-of-the-line coolers that PFH only recently installed. From here, they are iced and graded for quality using a sashibo, a tool for getting a sample of the meat from the base of the tail. The meat is graded into three categories based on color and opacity of the sample then sold and shipped across the U.S.
PFH’s new facility at LAX is a strategic location on the West Coast with over 21,000-square-feet of cooler and freezer space to use for product staging and storage. Staffed by a highly committed and skillfully trained team, PFH specialists work efficiently to make sure product keeps moving, and customers remain satisfied.
For more information visit primefresh.eu or email Commercial Manager Cristina Moscoso at Cristina.Moscoso@primeair.aero.