Food & Drink International - Spring 2017 Volume 1 - 98
With nearly 5,000 products, food distributor Premier ProduceOne boasts the
greatest pantry in Ohio. By Tim O'Connor
Specialty: Produce and specialty foods
Erv Pavlofsky, co-owner: "The idea
of putting our companies together was
to provide a statewide solution with a
>> Owners Erv Pavlofsky (from left), Tony Anselmo, Anthony Rossi and Gary Pavlofsky formed Premier ProduceOne to cover all of Ohio.
hen Tony Anselmo
was growing up in
the produce business,
would say he'd rather give his money
to someone he knows than a stranger
across the country. It's a belief that fits
conveniently into current consumer
demand for locally grown products.
Anselmo is the co-owner and chief
marketing officer of Premier ProduceOne, an Ohio distributor of produce
and specialty foods. The company is
carrying on the lesson his father taught
him so many years ago by working primarily with Ohio-based suppliers.
"We continue to try to find local
farmers and local manufacturers as
we try to promote as much Ohio product as possible," co-owner Erv Pav-
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lofsky says. Finding nearby suppliers
keeps the economic engine running in
the communities where Premier ProduceOne does business, while also
reducing the company's carbon footprint by shortening the supply chain.
We're supporting our neighbors, our
friends and our family."
Premier ProduceOne was born
from the merger of two of Ohio's major produce distributors: Premier Produce and ProduceOne. Dayton-based
ProduceOne was originally founded
as Mush & Sons in the basement of
a family grocery store and became
a leading distributor for the Columbus-Cincinnati region. Premier Produce was the younger of the two companies, having started in 1998 before
growing to encompass the Cleveland
and northeast Ohio market.
The two companies recognized
the potential in each other when they
met in 2009. The relationship began
to grow closer and in 2011 the businesses formed a partnership aimed at
creating better service for customers.
Two years later, ProduceOne owners Gary and Erv Pavlofsky and Premier Produce owners Anthony Rossi
and Tony Anselmo formalized the