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Ben B providing supply chain solutions

By
Keith Loria

Ever since its founding in 1906, Ben B Schwartz & Sons has been a leader in the Detroit produce scene. The company’s distribution network, which is located on the Detroit Produce Terminal, spans the majority of the U.S. and Canada, with produce arriving to its facility daily from farms across the globe.

The company will be headed to the IFPA Food Service Conference in Monterey, CA, where it will focus on one of the most important parts of the business.

“Foodservice is very important to our company,” said Jordan Grainger, vice president of sales and business development for Ben B. “We have a mixture of business that we service. We keep diversified with our mix of retail, foodservice, processing and wholesale partners.”

Although it’s not exhibiting, at the show, several team members from Ben B will be attending and plan to network with potential new customers and with current customers as well.

“We have attended the foodservice show in the past when PMA hosted the show,” Grainger said. “With this being the first year the IFPA hosting the show, we are preparing very similar to the past but keeping some flexibility in our schedule.”

One of the big conversations those going expect to have at the show concern the complexities of the supply chain and finding solutions to improve the supply chain.

“Foodservice represents a big portion of our revenue for the company,” Grainger said. “This show allows foodservice distributors, wholesalers and growers to come together to discuss the complex intricacies of the fresh produce supply chain and come up with solutions for everyone involved in the supply chain.”

Ben B. has been rapidly growing the past five years and has plans to continue with savvy growth initiatives in the year to come.

“We have a diversified customer base that complement our business and allow us to be flexible to meet our customers’ demands,” Grainger said. “We continue to expand our distribution area servicing both Canada and United States.”

The company carries a full line year-round with its top items depending on seasonality, but Grainger noted it always tries to have the best quality product on all items and works to bring in the newest varieties for customers.

 

Keith Loria

Keith Loria

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A graduate of the University of Miami, Keith Loria is a D.C.-based award-winning journalist who has been writing for major publications for close to 20 years on topics as diverse as real estate, food and sports. He started his career with the Associated Press and has held high editorial positions at magazines aimed at healthcare, sports and technology. When not busy writing, he can be found enjoying time with his wife, Patricia, and two daughters, Jordan and Cassidy.

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