" We are a family business that has relationships with the best local farms, so our chefs can access the freshest produce. We take pride in having built these relationships with our team of produce experts who average 20+ years experience in the produce industry."
New News: We have moved!!!! At the end of 2016, we moved to a state of the art food distribution warehouse. We have triple the space, a huge cooler, 28 trucks, and a brand new freezer. This allows us to offer even more products to our customers and lays the foundation for our future! We invite you to visit soon!
Pacific Produce was founded over 30 years ago in South San Francisco to provide fresh produce to food service providers. We (Jennifer and Sarah) acquired Pacific Produce in 2009 and became one of the only women-owned produce companies in Northern California. We wanted a company that we could invest in, nurture and grow.
Our mission for the company is to offer produce that fosters the skill and creativity of Bay Area chefs so that they can delight their patrons. At the same time, we use our business expertise and backgrounds in procurement, distribution and warehouse management to optimize our customers' delivery experience.
Leadership: We (Sarah and Jennifer) both spent years in businesses which involved warehousing, distribution and purchasing and worked together in an international furniture manufacturing company.
Sarah: Spent over 10 years in CEO roles in companies ranging in size from $6MM to $100MM. She has an extensive background in general management, with an emphasis on consumer product marketing, sales and distribution.
Jennifer: is a CPA with 20 years of executive level experience in financial management, customer service, human resources and information technology.
We know there are many produce companies our customers can use, so we work every day to be the best option for customers by:
1) Expanding our customer service: We are one of the most flexible delivery companies in the Bay Area. We have drivers on staff everyday to handle late orders and we do not have a cut off time for regular orders.
2) Broadening our produce offerings: We strive to be a one-stop shopping experience for our customers. We offer a large range of products in addition to produce: dairy, eggs, fresh juices, spices, frozen foods, customized prepped items, imported olive oil and olives, dried fruits, nuts and flowers.
3) Initiating customer education outreach: we aspire to give our customers up to the minute expert insight on price changes, availability and new seasonal items. We do customer education outreach via weekly newsletters, bi-monthly menu planning guides, as well as in-house presentations and seasonal sampling. Most importantly, we do not delegate our produce purchasing to a hired buyer as do most other produce companies.
4) Improving our sourcing and supporting our local farming community: We are committed to supporting local, sustainably run, family farms. We like the personal interaction with farmers/growers and the control this gives us over price and quality. To reinforce our buying strategies, we donate a portion of our earnings to organizations which support local, sustainably run, family farms. To date, we have actively supported CUESA (Center for Urban Education about Sustainable Agriculture), CAFF (Community Alliance with Family Farmers), UC Davis Sustainable Agriculture Research and Education Program and the Farmers' Market Coalition. As a customer of Pacific Produce, you also are contributing to this local, sustainable effort.