Produce Packaging Inc. (PPI) is one of three family-owned companies along with The Sanson Company and Great Lakes Packers, Inc. PPI was founded in 1994 to repack tomatoes for The Sanson Company. Nearly two decades later, PPI is a leader in produce repacking and value-added items.
As early as 1996, PPI helped pioneer fresh-cut for retail stores. Fresh-cut grew in popularity with packaged salad greens in grocery stores but has grown steadily over the last two decades to accommodate consumers’ busy lifestyles. Diced onions, celery sticks and carrot sticks are a staple in many American homes today.
PPI still excels in fresh-cut, delivering the highest quality products on short notice. In fact, our two fastest growing areas are both in fresh-cut. The first is our single portion servings for schools. The second is purees for food manufacturers. In addition, we specialize in unique items including spiral (zucchini, yellow squash, beet, butternut and sweet potato), butternut fettuccine and planks (zucchini, yellow squash, butternut and sweet potato).
In 2006, PPI purchased and renovated a 135,000-square-foot facility close to the Cleveland Produce Terminal. That centralized location, still our home today, was a turning point in our business, giving us access to many different growers, some of whom provide locally-grown and organic produce. The ability to provide our customers with in-season produce all year long has proven to be a valuable and necessary asset to our business.
For years, PPI has built our reputation not only on fresh, carefully-selected produce, but also on offering customers extensive customization at nearly every level of our operation. From packaging and branding to shipping and beyond, you can always count on customized solutions and flexible, one-of-a-kind service from PPI.