GrubMarket Expands With Acquisition of Philadelphia Wholesaler; Mike Xu and Tony Lin Discuss


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Tue. October 24th, 2023 - by Peggy Packer

SAN FRANCISCO, CA - GrubMarket is back again with another acquisition announcement! The wholesaler revealed the completed acquisition of PA China Farm, a prominent Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based wholesale distribution business.

Mike Xu, Chief Executive Officer, GrubMarket"Tony and his team have built an amazing fresh produce business with an outstanding reputation that extends throughout the Northeast food supply chain. Many of their loyal customers have been with them for decades, which is a testament to their longstanding commitment to the fresh produce industry and their service-oriented approach to success," Mike Xu, Chief Executive Officer of GrubMarket, shared. "Equally impressive is the global supply network that the PA team has cultivated, which allows them to source exotic and unique items from regions like Mexico, South America, Southeast Asia, Africa, and even Western Europe, among other areas. Their determination to provide 'quality from the ground up' and passion for bringing globally sourced produce to the U.S. are some of the same fundamental value drivers that have made GrubMarket so impactful. This acquisition enables GrubMarket to reinforce our Northeast presence, particularly in Pennsylvania, and strengthen our global sourcing capabilities."

With a portfolio offering a wide variety of fruits and vegetables, PA is best known for its specialty exotic goods like black cabbage, baby Bok Choy, Napa cabbage, papaya, and durian. Over the past 20 years, the supplier has cultivated longstanding relationships with an array of supermarkets, foodservice businesses, and ethnic retail stores.

GrubMarket has revealed the completed acquisition of PA China Farm, a prominent Philadelphia, Pennsylvania-based wholesale distribution business

According to a press release, PA will now utilize GrubMarket's innovative and proprietary WholesaleWare software suite, the company's software-as-a-service platform.

Tony Lin, Owner, PA China Farm"I am a second-generation American born to immigrant parents," added Tony Lin, Owner of PA. "My dream has always been to build a business where I could provide anyone with specialty produce that would remind them of home. I am proud to be able to source fresh produce from all over the world and help build an agricultural community focused on sharing different cultural and culinary backgrounds. What really excites me about joining GrubMarket is this shared sense of family and community-building through fresh and healthy food. Mike and his team's vision to streamline the food supply chain through e-commerce and software is sorely needed, and I'm looking forward to leveraging GrubMarket's technology and network to provide more globally sourced specialty goods to GrubMarket's customers nationwide."

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