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Our History Of
Innovation

At Progressive Produce, our mission is to provide outstanding products and service to our industry customers, with an emphasis on partnership.

Progressive Produce is a year-round grower/packer/distributor of fresh produce. We grow thousands of acres throughout North and South America of potatoes, onions, asparagus and other fruits and vegetables. Progressive’s goal is to be a valuable category partner in all commodities sold, provide outstanding service 365 days a year, and be recognized by our customers as a critical factor in their success. Expertise in food safety, traceability, marketing and package development all contribute to Progressive being a complete partner for success in today’s marketplace with today’s customer. At Progressive we strive to exceed the needs of our customers every day, all year, and we honor our commitments. Progressive has the experience, talent, and resources to function as your “category management partner.” Your success is our priority.

Progressive Produce is a year-round grower/packer/distributor of fresh produce. We grow thousands of acres throughout North and South America of potatoes, onions, asparagus and other fruits and vegetables. Progressive’s goal is to be a valuable category partner in all commodities sold, provide outstanding service 365 days a year, and be recognized by our customers as a critical factor in their success. Expertise in food safety, traceability, marketing and package development all contribute to Progressive being a complete partner for success in today’s marketplace with today’s customer. At Progressive we strive to exceed the needs of our customers every day, all year, and we honor our commitments. Progressive has the experience, talent, and resources to function as your “category management partner.” Your success is our priority.

50th Anniversary in 2017

1967

In 1967, Nace Cohen and Charles Gilb, with a sales staff of one, an office staff of one, and a fleet consisting of one truck, founded Progressive Produce as a potato and onion company. In their first year they pioneered the theory of bringing bulk loads of potatoes to Los Angeles, thereby merging potato production—wholesaling, packing, refrigeration, transportation and sales—all under one roof.

Progressive Produce purchased by Chiquita.

1988

Progressive Produce purchased by Chiquita.

1998

Progressive instituted the Quality Improvement and Food Safety Program. The program has received a Superior GFS food safety rating at the company’s facility in Los Angeles, CA as well as in Bakersfield, CA and in Quincy, WA.

2003

Management team of Jim Leimkuhler, Victor Rodarte and Jack Gyben purchased Progressive Produce from Chiquita.

Introduced MicroBaker® microwaveable potato and yam program. Its patented shrink-wrap method keeps MicroBakers clean, seals in freshness and makes unwrapping a hot, nutritious potato or yam quick and convenient.

2004

Introduced MicroBaker® microwaveable potato and yam program. Its patented shrink-wrap method keeps MicroBakers clean, seals in freshness and makes unwrapping a hot, nutritious potato or yam quick and convenient.

2005

Introduced Olé Pacifica® Hispanic fruit, vegetable and herb program, allowing our customers to aggressively pursue Hispanic Specialty foods.

2007

Partnered with Keystone Fruit Marketing to introduce Americas Asparagus™ program. Introduced Nature’s Bounty Organic® line, grown and processed to strict organic standards and shipped fresh. Certified USDA ORGANIC by CCOF.

2010

Introduced Hollywood Fries®, a seed-based potato variety ideal for frying that makes light, consistent, crisp, superior fries.

2013

Acquired Mission Produce’s asparagus business that expanded acreage and strengthened year-round supply to Progressive customers.

2014

Achieved ORGANIC certification at all Progressive operations.

2016

Progressive Produce became a proud member of the TOTAL PRODUCE family when management sold 65% of the company to this premier global produce company.   

2016

Progressive and Seaview Packing partner to offer a full line of fresh citrus from Coachella—Lemons, Sweet Limes, Oranges, Grapefruit, Tangelos, Kumquats.