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Michigan Know Your Market business updates

11/16/2012 09:12:00 AM
Jim Offner

Hereen Bros. Inc. builds new facilities

The drought that wrecked 90% of Michigan’s apple crop in 2012 also walloped Grand Rapids-based Heeren Bros. Inc., president Jim Heeren said.

“We didn’t even open up one of our facilities,” he said.

However, there are signs that recovery is starting, he said.

Hereen Bros. is making the most of a bad situation in one way: It is building a new office and warehouse complex, into which it is scheduled to move in 2013.

“You can’t build any cheaper than now,” Hereen said.


R.A.M. Produce updates software

Detroit-based R.A.M. Produce Distributors has updated its software system, a process that took about six months, said salesman Michael Badalament.

“It gives us traceability in the products that we’re selling and country of origin, and I think it enhances productivity,” he said, noting that Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point standards require up-to-date software.

The company also has upgraded much of its refrigeration in the last year, Badalament said.

“A year ago we had a big expansion in the terminal, and we’ve concentrated on our business office and packing house,” he said.


Aunt Mid’s now goes by Riggio Distribution

Detroit-based Aunt Mid’s, a family-owned wholesaler, processor and regional produce distributor, has changed its corporate name to Riggio Distribution Co.

The change more accurately reflects the diverse nature of its business, said Dominic Riggio, president.

“Basically, we just changed our corporate name to be more in line with companies that don’t use their primary label as their company name,” he said.

Aunt Mid’s remains the company’s product label, he said.

In spite of the name change at Aunt Mid’s, end-users won’t see any change, Riggio said.

The company has a 100,000-square-foot packaging facility in Detroit and about 50,000 square feet of wholesale space on the Detroit Produce Terminal.

It serves a retail and foodservice customer base within a “400- to 500-mile radius around Detroit, as well as Ontario,” Riggio said.


Rocky’s Produce remodels sales office

Rocky’s Produce, a 55-year-old wholesale distributor located on the Detroit Produce Terminal, has upgraded its sales office space, said Dominic Russo, buyer, salesman and manager.

“We have a brand-new office, which has been remodeled and renovated,” he said of the project, which the company completed over the summer.

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