Bergin Fruit & Nut Co., headquartered in St. Paul, MN, has supplied its customers in the Twin Cities with high-quality produce, nuts, trail mixes and candies for more than 60 years. “We source our products from a number of suppliers,” Produce Manager Thomas Relopez told The Produce News on Nov. 9. “Our service area for selling fresh produce is mainly the Minneapolis-St. Paul metropolitan area; however, we do service some accounts in greater Minnesota.”
The family-owned business emphasizes freshness and product quality. “We have a large number of local farmers we purchase produce from during season,” Mr. Relopez stated, saying that this helps the company support local agriculture.
Bergin’s sales team works with a client base that includes restaurants, wholesalers, school districts and caterers. “Our Foodservice Division has grown in the last three years in spite of the tough economy,” he continued. “Our philosophy of providing customers with quality products and great service has allowed us to grow. We are constantly adding new products at the request of our valued customers. This has greatly expanded our selection of fresh produce and dairy items, and allows us to meet our customers’ daily needs.”
Mr. Relopez said that the company’s director of purchasing for the foodservice division is an industry veteran. “He held the director of purchasing position for 18 years with an upscale grocery chain in the Minneapolis-St. Paul marketplace,” he stated.
A diverse line of packaging options is available to satisfy customer needs. “We offer our customers a variety of pack sizes on all of our products, from full cases to half cases to splits to ‘eaches’ when necessary,” he said.
Mr. Relopez was asked what distinguishes Bergin Fruit & Nut from the competition. “Bergin has been able to increase sales and grow through the hard work of our outstanding sales force,” he replied. “Our one goal is to satisfy our customers’ needs through quality, service and price. We also offer a vast selection of nuts, grains, dried fruits and more that our customers know they can order anytime. They appreciate the opportunity to order these items and know they will be shipped with their regular produce and dairy orders.”