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Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market celebrating 10th anniversary

It’s been 10 years since the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market opened the doors to 6700 Essington Avenue to its fully enclosed, fully refrigerated 686,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art facility.

The PWPM is home to 19 wholesale produce businesses that employ hundreds of people in both union and non-union positions and donate over 2 million pounds of fresh produce to local charities every year.  “We are proud to pave the way as a leader in cold chain management, product safety, staging, loading, security and recycling,” said Mark Smith, general manager of the PWPM.  “In addition to establishing the highest global standards for distributing produce, our goal is to divert as much waste from the landfill as we possibly can. Through anaerobic digestion and other environmentally friendly practices, we’ve reduced our waste stream by about 80 percent and continue to focus on that last 20 percent.”

“The past 10 years have gone by in the blink of an eye,” said Tracie Levin, general manager of M. Levin & Co. Inc.“ We couldn’t have asked for a better facility to showcase our produce.  The bright, clean (and of course “cool”) and spacious market that has become our home has been great for the merchants and all of the customers who shop at the PWPM.”

"We are truly grateful for the opportunity to transact business here,” said Tom Kovacevich, president and chief operations officer of TMK Produce. “There is no better arena for wholesale produce trading anywhere on earth.” 

John Vena, president of John Vena Inc., said the key to planning and developing this facility was the collaborative spirit of the merchants:  “We worked together and made it happen. Ten years on, that same willingness to work together continues to push us all forward."

As the pandemic winds down and the world starts to open back up safely, the PWPM plans to officially celebrate in early fall.  “We want to thank everyone who helped us achieve this milestone and we look forward to serving the produce community for many years to come,” said Smith.

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