Pro-Act, a Monterey, CA-based fresh produce supplier to the foodservice
industry, has announced that Armstrong Produce, with headquarters in
Honolulu, HI, has joined the company's national distribution network.
Armstrong, one of the larger produce companies in Hawaii, is in its 31st year
of business, but the founding family has been involved in produce longer. The
first generation of the Teruya family started in the 1920s as farmers and the
business eventually expanded into a wholesale operation. In 1979, second-
generation Harold Teruya purchased Armstrong Produce and the company is
now run by third-generation family members, with Mark Teruya as chairman
and chief executive officer.
Armstrong has facilities on Maui and the Big Island in addition to its
headquarters in Honolulu, giving the company statewide distribution.
Perishable products are delivered by plane while sturdier produce items such
as cabbage and potatoes are delivered by boat.
"We face numerous challenges being in the middle of the Pacific 2,500 miles
from our nearest suppliers," Kelvin Shigemura, vice president at Armstrong,
said in a Jan. 3 press release. “The key challenges include transportation,
pricing and product quality, and partnering with PRO*ACT companies will help
us on all fronts.”
Lloyd Ligier, vice president of business development at Pro-Act, added in the
press release, “We wanted to expand our reach into Hawaii, and Armstrong is
the produce player there. We are excited to have them as a Pro-Act member.”