Maurice A. Auerbach plans to expand line
Marking its first anniversary in a new, 60,000-square-foot warehouse/distribution center, Secaucus, N.J.-based Maurice A. Auerbach Inc. is looking to add to its roster of organic offerings, said Bruce Klein, marketing director.
“We’re pretty comfortable in our facility, and we’re just looking to grow the business,” Klein said.
“We’re in the process of getting HACCP (Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point) certified, and we have an immaculate warehouse and packing facility,” he said.
The new building preserves the cold chain “from docks to packing,” Klein said.
Charlie’s Produce adds local growers
Seattle-based wholesaler Charlie’s Produce is bringing in more growers, said Diane Dempster, manager of Farmer’s Own, the local organic program at Charlie’s.
“We’re working with some local growers we haven’t worked with before and expanding the number of local growers we’re bringing in,” she said.
The wholesaler is working with six new growers from Oregon and two or three from Washington, Dempster said.
Earl’s Organic makes staff changes
San Francisco-based organic wholesaler Earl’s Organic has been shifting a few key personnel and bringing in others, said Earl Herrick, owner of the company, which celebrates its 25th anniversary this year.
“We’ve gone through a hiring spree the last 14 months,” owner Earl Herrick said.
The most recent hire is George Speckman, who heads up quality control. Speckman, who arrived at Earl’s in May, had been with Berkeley Natural Foods.
“He wanted to grow in the industry and felt going to a wholesaler was the next thing,” Herrick said. “He got well-trained there.”
Earl’s also promoted six-year employee Christie Biddle from a logistics slot to assistant buyer on Oct. 1.
Seventeen-year Earl’s employee Patrick Stewart is now the company’s sales manager. Stewart, who was hired originally as a porter, was the first truck driver at Earl’s and is credited with having developed the company’s transportation division.
He also headed up the wholesaler’s information technology efforts after the firm became computerized.
Harvest Sensations hires general manager
Pam Castellano, a longtime veteran of the herb industry, is now general manager of Los Angeles-based Harvest Sensations, an affiliate of Monterey, Calif.-based foodservice distributor Pro*Act.