Pacific Organic Produce founder Greg Holtzman will continue to lead the San Francisco-based operation with partner Steve Akagaki as it moves forward as part of the United Natural Foods Inc. organization.
Holtzman said Pacific Organic became part of the publicly held UNFI in August and is now operating under the Albert’s Organics umbrella of suppliers of fresh organic produce. As of early January, operational and logistical details were still being worked out, Holtzman said.
“We are excited and proud to be part of a $5.4 billion company that will continue to grow and support our vendor base and increase our product supply,” Holtzman said Dec. 31, adding that being part of the UNFI organization will help Pacific Organic meet the growing demands of its customers.
Headquartered in Providence, R.I., UNFI distributes natural, organic and specialty foods and related products, including organic produce, through corporate several divisions. Albert’s Organics, Bridgeport, N.J., is the organic produce division leader for UNFI.
In its first quarter report for fiscal year 2013, which ended Oct. 27, UNFI reported adjusted net income of $22.8 million, a 17.8% increase over adjusted net income for its first quarter of fiscal 2012, according to its financial report.
Holtzman founded Pacific Organic Produce almost 20 years ago. The company launched the Purity Organic label about 15 years ago. He said his goal has always been to market fresh organic produce at reasonable prices. Pacific Organic sells and markets organic apples, oranges, avocados, mangoes and other commodities from growing partners in the U.S. and Latin America.