Melissa's/World Variety Produce is the nation's largest specialty produce distributor, delivering the global market from its warehouse facilities in Los Angeles.
Over the years, the company's Food Service Division has become a full-service operation that supplies culinary professionals with more than just produce. Melissa's offers its food service customers conventional fruit and vegetables, exotics, a full line of organic produce and farmer's market picks. Additionally, the division also provides dairy, processed items, edible flowers, dried fruit and mushrooms, IQF, juices and purees, along with a vast selection of other grocery items.
Joe and Sharon Hernandez founded the business with a decade of produce industry experience in a small, rented produce warehouse lunchroom. The original office had just three telephones and four chairs — no one could have guessed that, within a few short years, the company would grow to occupy a newly renovated and expanded 280,000 square foot office, warehouse complex, and state-of-the-art CCOF/QAI Certified Organic Packing Facility.
Family is a big part of World Variety's success. Melissa's brand is named after Joe and Sharon's daughter, who takes an active role in the company. Through the years, the company has found stable growth thanks to the support of very loyal customers and a close-knit family of employees dedicated to customer service.
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