Ippolito International Talks Rapid Expansion and Growth
- by Melissa De Leon Chavez
SALINAS, CA - Since Ippolito International opened our doors in 2000, founding partners Joel Ippolito and Ron Mondo have looked to build a Salinas-based growing/shipping/marketing operation that prides itself on delivering ‘large company’ volumes and benefits with a purposeful ‘small company’ customer service experience.
Stemming from our roots to complement Toronto-based Ippolito Fruit and Produce, based in Canada since the 1930s, we have grown in leaps and bounds since starting out with the Mondo family specialty of Brussels sprouts. Since that beginning we've added iceberg, broccoli, cauliflower, romaine and all major leaf items, plus specialty items, a full line of organic value-added salads, and so much more.
The result is over 170 commodity and value-added SKUs, and counting. And with the recent completion of a state-of-the-art, value-added facility, we are constantly adding to our already vast array of pre-cut and packaged items, which includes cauliflower florets; Brussels sprouts in whole, gourmet, and Brussels chips; [and] our new asparagus program, available in both conventional and organic.
The combination of this rapid-yet-calculated and strategically-implemented growth, accompanied by the family feel of our everyday customer service and skilled growing operation, gives us the power to provide, on every order, the highest quality products available, delivered the old-fashioned way.