Our Story

Fresh is Our Life’s Work.

Delivering fresh and healthy produce is our passion. It has been for generations. In fact, you can trace many of our merchants’ roots all the way back to the earliest fruit and vegetable marketplace in Philadelphia, Dock Street, where wholesalers bought or consigned goods from local farmers. For many of our merchants it was on Dock Street where a lifelong obsession began to deliver the world’s finest and freshest produce.

Throughout the decades this market has been in a constant pursuit to deliver superior freshness to its customers. It may have started on Dock Street, a vibrant and bustling business venue for literally hundreds of years, but it didn’t end there. In the late 1950’s the market relocated to the Food Distribution Center in South Philadelphia, which expanded our reach to receive produce from around the world via port, highway, railway, and airport. Our thriving merchants eventually outgrew the Food Distribution Center and a plan was hatched to build a one of a kind produce market, with the sole purpose of maximizing freshness.

On June 5, 2011, the Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market proudly opened its doors as the largest refrigerated building in the world, housing some 700,000 square feet of the world’s freshest produce. Our produce never loses its cool and is kept at just the right temperature for freshness. Not to mention, it’s all done in a safe, clean, and easy to navigate marketplace.

Honoring the heritage and legacy of the original Dock Street market, our state-of-the-art facility ensures the highest global standards for quality fresh produce. And that’s what it’s always been about for our merchants, many of whom have been in business for over 100 years. Our passion is to deliver quality, fresh produce. After all, it’s our life’s work.