Progressive Produce’s Jim Leimkuhler Talks Total Produce Partnership
- by Christofer Oberst
LOS ANGELES, CA – Jim Leimkuhler, President of Progressive Produce, recently joined AndNowUKnow for a one-on-one interview to share a few more details on the company’s equity sale to Total Produce.
Listen to our brief 90-second audio interview with Jim at the top of the page, or continue reading to get a glimpse into some of the latest information he had to offer.
In February, Progressive Produce announced that 65 percent of its equity had been acquired by Total Produce, a Dublin, Ireland-based company. As Jim explained to me during our interview, this transaction will prove to be a pivotal deal for both companies moving forward.
“This partnership with Total will ensure our customers and employees continuity in the future,” said Jim. “It will give us more access to more global resources, ideas, and efficiencies that will make us more valuable suppliers to our customers. This could easily accelerate our potential growth; it may also create opportunities to build business by partnering with other Total Produce sister companies from around the world.”
Some of these resources Jim mentions includes better access to new items, new growers, or new markets on a global level, as well as better resources related to food safety.
On a day-to-day basis, it’s still business as usual at Progressive Produce. Jim Leimkuhler, Victor Rodarte, and Jack Gyben will continue with an ownership position and their general management responsibilities at Progressive, according to a press release. Jim is confident, however, that the partnership with Total will bring new energy and ideas that will set the stage for further growth, all while staying relevant to the company’s customers.
As for what’s next? The sky’s the limit, Jim tells me.
Don’t miss our audio exclusive with Jim. Check out the interview at the top of the page for more details on the partnership between Total Produce and Progressive Produce.