With 35 years in the produce trade, Craig Hartmann, president of Pacificpro Inc. in Bellevue, WA, has evolved his business model to ensure customers’ needs are fully addressed. The family-owned-and-operated firm has been moving quality produce from the Pacific Northwest since 1987. Filling out the Hartmann team are sons Randy and Marcus, who serve as vice president and vice president of operations, respectively.
“Pacificpro’s focus is to treat the customer as if they are the most important person in the world, because they are. We value and appreciate every stakeholder and do everything possible to meet or exceed their expectations,” said Randy Hartmann.
The company specializes in product procurement and ships commodities from the Pacific Northwest to meet the needs of retailers, wholesalers and foodservice suppliers throughout the country. “Our knowledge of the Northwest produce market, unrivaled access to quality product throughout the region and expertise in logistical management of straight and less-than-truck loads to markets nationwide make us a great strategic partner and ally,” Randy Hartmann added.
Craig Hartmann’s father, William Hartmann, grew up in the Wenatchee, WA-area on his father’s orchard. He joined the Washington Apple Commission as a field representative in his 20s. He was subsequently elected to the Washington Apple Commission board of directors in 1983, serving until 1992. For a period of time, he served as chairman.
Craig Hartmann said that Washington apples and pears from the Pacific Northwest have been key commodities for the company since its inception. “We work closely with and market a good percentage of the Washington apple and pear shipper-grower labels,” he said Aug. 30. “Pacificpro Inc. works with a large network of shippers that not only grow their own exceptional fruit, but pack for other growers that bring their fruit to the warehouse to be packed and marketed on their behalf.”
Although there will be delays to apple harvest timetables owing to weather issues during the production season, Mr. Hartmann said the only real concern is whether the crop can be harvested before late fall when cold temperatures arrive. “Right now, it looks like everything will be under warehouse cover just fine,” he stated. “The late harvest will give us a few less weeks to market the crop. But with anticipated strong demand, we would not expect it to cause any significant issues.”
Pacificpro moves the entire lineup of Washington apple varieties. Organic product comprises just under 5 percent of overall volume moved annually. The harvest for Ginger Gold and Akani began in mid-August, and the Gala harvest was expected to begin the week of Aug. 29. Production turns to other varieties in October.
“Quality of the crop is exceptional,” Mr. Hartmann stated. “[We have] very clean fruit this year. Sizing appears to be off one or two sizes prior to harvest. But the majority of the fruit still has a couple of weeks to grow and size up.”
Pacificpro primarily focuses on movement to domestic markets. A wide array of packaging options are available including tray packs, cello packs, Euros, poly bags, mesh bags, soft-net bags, tri-wall bins, loose, sliced and mixed bags. Branded packaging is also available.