Pro*Act adds Orlando foodservice distributor

08/05/2010 02:58:09 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

The Pro*Act foodservice distribution network has added another Florida distributor to its system.



Harvill’s Produce Co., Orlando, Fla., has joined the Monterey, Calif.-based Pro*Act.

The third generation-operated foodservice distributor, which services resorts, hotels and restaurants in the greater Orlando area, joined Pro*Act in late July.

The membership comes as the distributor plans to renovate a recently purchased 22,000-square-foot building on a 9-acre site near its Orlando operations, said Ernie Harvill, Harvill’s Produce president.


Harvill


Harvill said the wholesaler, which specializes in tomatoes, plans to move to the new warehouse after January.

He said the operation, which started in 1949, joined Pro*Act on a limited basis and isn’t a full member.

“We won’t switch all of our operations to Pro*Act,” Harvill said. “We haven’t dived in and don’t expect them to do all the buying. It’s just going to be a small part until we see what’s going on. We want to see what they have to offer.”

In a news release, Lloyd Ligier, Pro*Act’s vice president of business development, said Harvill is a long-standing local family company known for providing quality products and service.

Pro*Act has 44 member companies with 72 distribution facilities that distribute to all U.S. states and Canada.

In Florida, it has distributors in Miami, Tampa, Jacksonville, Panama City, Pensacola, Destin and Tallahassee.



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