(Feb. 18) Kalil Fresh Marketing Inc., Houston, which does business as Houston’s Finest Produce Co., filed for Chapter 7 Bankruptcy on Jan. 29 in the U.S. Bankruptcy Court in the Southern District of Texas.

The company’s attorney, Wayne Kitchens, an attorney with Hughes, Watters & Askanase, Houston, said it ceased operations as of Jan. 28. Under Chapter 7, all remaining assets belonging to Houston’s Finest have been surrendered and are scheduled to be liquidated and distributed among creditors.

Houston’s Finest president John Kalil could not be reached for comment.

“He is one of the truly nicest, most honorable men I’ve met and this just devastated him,” Kitchens said.

Sam Petro, Jr., and Bryan Herr, both of Houston-based Country Fresh Inc., were also named as interested parties in the bankruptcy and are listed as company vice presidents.

Their attorney, Richard Kaplan of Weycer, Kaplan, Pulaski & Zuber, P.C., Houston, said his clients are seeking to be removed from the proceedings.

“Their sole connection is that each owns 25% of Houston’s Finest,” Kaplan said. “We weren’t in any position of control and had no involvement in the day-to-day operations.”

Kitchens said the total Houston’s Finest owed to all creditors is in excess of $3.1 million.

“Unsecured debts, which are trade vendors, totaled $2,365,499,” he said.

At the time of filing, Houston’s Finest had assets totaling $1.8 million.

According to court documents, the company began having trouble in October, with most of the outstanding monies owed resulting from transactions in October through December for more than 100 creditors.