Learning Tour: Testa Produce


Testa Produce, Inc. is a 100-year-old family owned and operated produce distributor for foodservice entities around the Midwest including restaurants, hotels, schools, country clubs, sporting arenas and hospitals.

Testa’s new LEED* Platinum Refrigerated Foodservice facility (2011) designed by Epstein is the first of its kind in the United States. The warehouse features sustainable technologies including a 750kW wind turbine producing 30% of the building’s energy needs, a huge solar grid for heating potable water, an extensive water management system which recovers rain and graywater for non-potable purposes, LED lighting, skylighting, electric/compressed natural gas delivery trucks and a vegetated roof.

Behind the Scenes Access: Tour the massive distribution warehouse where all of the produce and packaged foods are received and sorted. Then step onto the green roof to get a closer look at the only full-size wind turbine in the city and an uninterrupted view of the downtown skyline.

Special notes with your safety and comfort in consideration:
– Closed toe shoes only, no sandals, open toed shoes or flip-flops.
– We will walk through refrigerated areas with temperatures less than 40 degrees F. Please bring a sweater to keep yourself warm.
– No earrings, dangling necklaces or rings which might catch, this is a working warehouse with safety a consideration.

This program is hosted by the Chicago Foodways Roundtable.

*LEED, or Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design, is a green building certification program that recognizes best-in-class building strategies and practices.

Friday, August 22nd, 2014 at 11:00 AM and 1:30 PM

Testa Produce Inc.
4555 South Racine, Chicago

No fee.
Limited Capacity Tour, Reservations A Must via EventBrite

11:00 am tour reservations
– 1:30 pm tour reservations