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Krichmar Produce: A leader in transporting Chilean fruit

By
Keith Loria

The Chilean fruit season is underway and helping to transport the items coming to the United States is Krichmar Produce, a distributor which has a fleet of 19 trucks and 40 trailers — and growing every year.

Operating out of its Vineland, NJ headquarters, the company has a quarter century of experience delivering the best produce to customers from Florida to Maine — whether it’s Jersey Fresh items in the summer of the Chilean fruit that’s popular between now and May.

Matt Rieti, head of Krichmar’s trucking operation, noted the company covers the Northeast “like a blanket,” transporting the goods to customers up and down the region.

“Mangos, citrus, cherries… pretty much anything in the fruits and fresh produce world, we transport it,” he said. “We’re constantly planning for each season to ensure we’re doing the best we can. The dispatch team we have is great and the crew of people on the docks are second to none.”

In December, as it does every year, much of its business switches to the Chilean season, with key items being blueberries, cherries and stone fruits. Grapes follow in January.

“The Chilean fruit season is supposed to hit between Christmas and New Year’s and we’ve ramped up with our new trailers and we’re ready to go,” Rieti said. “We’re looking forward to a good year.”

Krichmar Produce deals with some of the bigger importers in New York, picking up the fruit from the pier, bringing it back to the warehouse and cross docks, and then it all goes out to their customers.

Business over the last year has been consistent, but there are still issues related to COVID-19, as well as other problems that are impacting most companies in the produce industry.

Not surprisingly, the rising costs of freight, fuel and tolls have caused some challenges for the company this past year, but the company has fought through any issues to continue to provide the same great service it’s known for.

“The ports are charging more, which is another expense, and there’s a shortage of trucks and drivers out there, but we’re at full force so I think everything is going to be fine,” Rieti said. “We try to piece things together the best we can and move trucks around the least amount as possible to get things to market early. We just strive to do things the best we can.”

The company’s trusted commitment to fulfilling the needs of all customers has allowed Krichmar Produce to build excellent relationships with many of the top fruit companies, and its leadership team takes a great deal of pride in doing business the right way.

For 2022, the company has preordered trucks and more trailers coming in.

“We’re always growing; you constantly have to grow in this game,” Rieti said. “This is a 24 hour, seven-day a week job and it never stops. The secret to success is to work hard, and we do that every day.”

 

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