Progressive Produce LLC

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Employer Summary

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

Progressive Produce is ahead of trends, meeting needs of the produce industry 49 years ago, today and in the future.

For 49 years Progressive Produce has brought superior products and services to their clients. Opening in 1967, the founders of Progressive Produce, Charles Gilb and Nace Cohen, started the company with the concept that they wanted to develop a modern company that took a fresh look at the way the produce business was being conducted, and improve upon it.

One of their first great successes was the ground-breaking new practice of bringing bulk loads of potatoes into Los Angeles, thereby merging potato production – wholesaling, packing, refrigeration, transportation and sales – all under one roof. This was a tremendous advance for the time.

This kind of industry-leading innovation led to early success and they quickly outgrew their 6000 sq. ft. facility. The entire warehouse was dismantled and moved to a new larger facility over a single weekend, scarcely missing a beat in production.

This type of energy and enterprise not only heralded a “progressive” new era in the industry, it formed the business philosophy that Progressive retains to this day. For the founders, this creative, well-run, efficient company had but one purpose – to provide superior customer service. To have the right product, in the right amount, with the best packaging, at the right price and get it to the customer at the right time— that was the goal.

And that goal motivates Progressive to this day. Current management has continued the drive to be the best. Today, Progressive owners Jim Leimkuhler, Jack Gyben, and Victor Rodarte lead a motivated and loyal staff of more than 100, many of whom have been with the company for more than a decade. We are now a national grower, packer and shipper, with our modern operation anchored by an 110,000 sq ft. warehouse in Los Angeles and satellite packing facilities in Bakersfield, CA and Quincy, WA. Our ownership of Pathfinder Trucking gives us access to nearly 100 independent drivers, enhancing our logistical capabilities to maximize customer service.

The owners along with the rest of the Progressive Produce team continue to bring fresh ideas and products to our customers by developing specialty brands and products to broaden market appeal. Products such as our MicroBaker line of microwaveable potatoes and yams, Pacific Gold Gourmet and Specialty potatoes, and Nature’s Bounty Organic potatoes and onions bring increased interest in produce products and increased sales.

We’re constantly searching for methods, products and services to serve our customers even better. Progressive Produce is a company that has led the industry for over forty years, and looks forward to leading for the next forty years, and beyond.