Today, June 5, 2013 is the second anniversary of the new Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market on Essington Ave. This state of the art facility, houses twenty-six produce wholesale companies who have all made long term commitments to the Market. It is an impressive 700,000 square foot facility with ripening rooms, a USDA inspection station, energy efficient technology and materials, and a recycling center. The latest equipment and technology ensures the temperature in the Market is weather proof. The main floor of the Market remains 50˚F despite the weather outside. If you have yet to visit, you should stop by! The Market offers tours throughout the week which can be booked online at www.pwpm.net/contact/tour. The Market is open to the public for a small fee. Make sure to bring a jacket and walking shoes!
The employees at the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market are thrilled with their new work space. The old market did not have built in refrigeration and there is a noticeable improvement in shelf life and convenience. Dan Vena, Sales Manager of John Vena, Inc. noted, “ The most significant factor about this Market facility is our ability to protect the shelf life of our products through the unbroken cold chain. That adds real value to what we offer our customers”. President, John Vena, who is also on the board of directors at the Market, explains the hassle of moving his business was quickly overshadowed by the benefits of the new produce market. “Anytime you move an established business there will be some issues, two years ago we moved 26 companies over a weekend! It was a crazy couple of days, however, it has been amazing for us and our customers.”
The new Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market is certainly an upgrade from the old market and has been beneficial for both the wholesalers and their customers. It has been a wonderful two years and the merchants are looking forward to many more to come.