Philadelphia — Today marks four years since The Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market (PWPM) moved into its state-of-the art home at 6700 Essington Avenue. “Our facility is unsurpassed in cold chain management, product safety, comfort, security, staging, loading, and recycling,” said Sonny DiCrecchio, President/CEO. “We are proud to be the largest enclosed, fully-refrigerated wholesale produce marketplace in the world.”
Philadelphia has a rich history in the produce business. Tracing its roots back to colonial times, merchants once occupied vibrant Dock Street and later the Food Distribution Center, a modern concept in 1959. By 2000, it was evident that more space and upgraded facilities were needed in order to provide customers with the standards they came to expect.
After a decade of intense planning for a facility that has no equal, today’s PWPM is a modern marvel that establishes the highest global standards for distribution of premium produce. Nearly 700,000 square feet, the PWPM employs over 1,000 people in both union and non-union positions and donates over two million pounds of produce to local charities every year. Made up of 24 fresh fruit and vegetable merchants, buyers have the opportunity to compare products, brands, and price points.
“We wanted to share this treasure with as many people as possible,” said DiCrecchio. “That’s why we chose to open our doors to the public.”
Find out more about the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market at www.pwpm.net.