SAN FRANCISCO - GrubMarket has completed its acquisition of Sierra Produce, one of the largest importers of South American fruits directly from growers into the United States.
Sierra Produce is a leading fruit provider to a wide range of business customers including grocery stores, supermarkets, online grocers and others across the US. It has long-standing and diverse relationships with many local growers directly in South America, including Chile, Argentina, Peru, Columbia and Mexico.
Products from Sierra Produce include blueberries, grapes, cherries, pears, kiwi and a variety of citrus and stone fruits. Historically, its grower associates have been strategically selected to provide a multitude of different varieties throughout the whole growing season. After the acquisition, the business will continue to be managed by its current leadership team.
"We are excited to join the GrubMarket team and welcome the opportunities brought forth by GrubMarket's robust technology platform and network,” said Roland Berndt, chief executive officer of Sierra Produce. “We are constantly striving for the best customer service and committed to meet the needs of all our growers and customers. We are thrilled to learn that GrubMarket shares this same mission. We sincerely look forward to joining the GrubMarket Team and bringing Sierra Produce to the next level of success."
Sierra Produce will now be able to utilize GrubMarket's innovative proprietary WholesaleWare software suite, the company's Software-as-a-Service platform providing food industry suppliers and vendors with seamless financial management, easy-to-use online ordering and sales, precise inventory management, and engaging CRM tools.
"Sierra Produce is one of the biggest providers of South American fruits in the United States. It sources from financially sound growers who manage their own proprietary farms,” said Mike Xu, chief executive officer of GrubMarket. “Its relationships with growers are long-standing and, in many cases, exclusive. These diverse relationships in the Southern Hemisphere provide a consistent flow of products to our growing customer base. The top-notch team at Sierra Produce has quite a few business geniuses who are hard to find elsewhere in this food space, and is a true value-added partner for their customers and producers.”