The firm started its Hawaiian program shipping Dole pineapples. The papaya program was established to complement the pineapple program.
Salesman Brian Petratuona heads up the program. Interfresh also has hired industry veteran Frank Bonaparte to handle Bay Area sales, but he will be based in Dallas.
“He has helped us expand our reach, not only in the Bay Area but in California in tomato distribution, and he has helped us establish a presence in Dallas,” Puentes said.
The company has Northern California locations in San Bruno and Walnut Creek.
Jacobs, Malcolm, Burtt moves to San Ramon
Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt Inc., which previously had space on the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market, has moved to new offices in San Ramon, Calif., and is concentrating on its brokerage and shipping operations rather than wholesale business, said Craig Rolandelli, vice president. Asparagus and melons are among the company’s main commodities.
Pacific Organic grows under UNFI umbrella
San Francisco-based Pacific Organic Produce, which markets the Purity Organic brand, has completed its first year as part of the Providence, R.I.-based United Natural Foods Inc. organization, said Pacific Organic’s founder Greg Holzman.
Pacific Organic operates under the Albert’s Organics umbrella. The company is growing and hopes to benefit as a result of the relationship with Albert’s with the addition of items like pineapples and bananas, he said.
“The door has never been more open for us to expand our footprint,” he said.
The company already offers shelf-stable juice and is looking to add dried snacks like coconut chips and apple chips along with “other expressions of the brand.”
Holzman said the company has been experiencing up to 25% growth year over year.
Stanley Produce Co. plans to expand soon
Stanley Produce Co. Inc., which has been on the San Francisco Wholesale Produce Market since it was built in 1963, plans to move to a more spacious and more centralized spot on the market within six months, said president Stanley Corriea Jr.
The move is part of a re-tenanting plan under which a number of tenants will be expanding and adding more employees, he said.
The company was established in 1941 as a mushroom house and continues to offer a wide range of mushrooms, Belgian endive, radicchio, shallots and a variety of specialty items.
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