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Peirone Produce

that serves that segment of the market has to be able to
provide fruits and vegetables that have been stored properly
and turned around quickly. To that end, Peirone Produce has
invested millions into its distribution center, which Kamphaus says puts the company head and shoulders above any
other produce distributor in the region. "We have the finest
distribution center in the Inland Northwest," he says.
The 77,000-square-foot facility was built from the ground
up specifically to serve the supermarket segment, giving
Peirone Produce another distinct advantage over other distributors. Kamphaus says the company's facility has nine
different temperature zones to ensure that virtually any kind
of fruit or vegetable has the precise type of environment it
needs to stay fresh during distribution. "It truly is the perfect
environment," Kamphaus says.
Combined with the company's size and footprint in the
area, Peirone Produce's distribution center makes it possible
for the company to completely turn over its inventory more
than 70 times a year.

With those pieces in place alongside the company's existing advantages, Kamphaus says Peirone Produce looks to be
in good shape for another 70 years of success in the Inland
Northwest. As the company continues to identify and chase
new markets and trends such as locally sourced and organic
produce, Peirone Produce is ready to keep growing. O

Still Growing
Peirone Produce has undergone some substantial growth
over the last few years, and Kamphaus says the company
has put a lot of effort into making sure the company isn't a
victim of its own success. "One of our biggest challenges is
managing the tremendous growth we're going through," he
says. "The worst thing we could do is bring on new business
and not meet their expectations."
Recently, the company upgraded its warehouse management software to ensure it not only does a better job for its
existing customers but also prepare itself for the growth still
to come. Kamphaus says the company also has been hard at
work ensuring that it keeps up with the latest requirements
from the Food Safety Modernization Act.
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