The Produce Mom welcomes North Bay Produce to her family of trusted partners. North Bay offers its customers a year-round supply of a variety of fresh produce, due to its network of domestic and Latin American growers.
“There’s so much culture represented in this company,” says Lori Taylor, The Produce Mom. “Together we will raise consumer confidence and understanding of import produce.”
“Fresh from the Farm, Year Around” is more than a slogan to North Bay. The company currently offers customers a year-round supply of apples, asparagus, blackberries, snow peas, sugar snap peas and blueberries, which is one of the company's signature items. The company’s ready-to-eat blueberry snack packs were featured during one of The Produce Mom’s Indy Style segments this summer. North Bay supplies customers with blueberries from its domestic growers spring through fall, then imports fresh blueberries from its Latin American growers during the winter months. Raspberries are offered seasonally, September through June.
“North Bay Produce is committed to providing the world with an uninterrupted supply of high-quality produce,” says Sharon Robb, national marketing manager for North Bay. “Partnering with The Produce Mom will allow us to better educate consumers on the year-round freshness, availability and safety of produce.”
The “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” initiative, a public health campaign to increase salad bars in schools across the country, is another common goal for the two companies. Mark Girardin, President of North Bay Produce, is a Midwest campaign co-chair for the initiative and serves as a captain for the state of Michigan. Taylor takes every opportunity to promote the initiative, whether it’s on her Indy Style morning show segment, her blog or at a speaking engagement such as The Indiana School Nutrition Association Conference.
If it’s true that a company’s success can truly be measured only by the caliber of its people, then the nation’s grocery fresh food departments and their supporting trade partners are in very good hands, as evidenced by the charter Champions of Change class showcased herein.