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Pro-Act, a Monterey, CA-based fresh produce supplier to the foodservice industry, has announced that Armstrong Produce, with headquarters in Honolulu, 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 for longer than that. 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 airplane, 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.”