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1st Quality Produce bringing Snack Buddies to California schools

June 22, 2016

1st Quality Produce, Fresno, Calif., plans to debut fresh fruit and vegetable packs called Snack Buddies in the coming school year.

1st Quality Produce to begin producing heirloom vegetables

February 19, 2016

A year after expanding into a newly remodeled facility, Fresno-based 1st Quality Produce is branching out again — announcing this month that the company will begin growing its own brand of heirloom tomatoes and other vegetables.

1st Quality Produce expands newly remodeled facility

February 09, 2016

1st Quality Produce, Fresno, Calif., announced plans to expand its newly remodeled facility to grow its own brand of heirloom tomatoes and other vegetables. A quarter of an acre open lot will house the vegetables, while a hothouse located next to the field will house the seedlings and transplants.

Produce delivery programs connecting farmers to consumers

August 18, 2015

Also adding a new spin to the CSA model is 1st Quality Produce in Fresno. The produce wholesaler launched its concept last month with its Farm to Families program. Melissa Steward, marketing director for 1st Quality Produce, says it wants to focus on providing fruits and vegetables while also creating a new delivery system.

Farm to Families Launches in Fresno

July 17, 2015

1st Quality Produce recently launched a new program called Farm to Families.  It’s a local delivery service of farm fresh produce that fluctuates each week based on their slogan, Eat Seasonably. Each weekly box delivered to your house contains anywhere from 10 to 15 different items and includes a booklet of recipes, health benefits, how to’s, fun food facts and even some interactive family and children features!

Word on the Street: 1st Quality offers fresh produce box in Fresno

July 08, 2015

Fresno-based 1st Quality Produce, one of the San Joaquin Valley’s leading wholesale providers of fresh fruits and vegetables, is reaching out directly to consumers with the launch of a new weekly service: Farm to Families.

1st Quality offers weekly fresh produce box

June 15, 2015

Wholesale and fresh-cut produce supplier 1st Quality Produce has started a program, “Farm to Families,” that offers consumers in the Fresno area a weekly box of California fruits and vegetables for $29.99.


The company started accepting orders June 15. Mondays through Thursdays will be order days, and the boxes are to be picked up Fridays starting June 19 at 1st Quality Produce’s will-call center. The company is at 2445 S. Gearhart Ave., Fresno, Calif..

Fresno produce firm launches new subscription program

June 15, 2015

Fresno-based 1st Quality Produce is launching a new program called ‘Farm to Families.’


The company calls the program “a new and innovative way to promote healthy eating through a convenient, fun way to shop for local farm fresh produce.”


Those participating in the program can order a pre-selected fresh produce box full of California-grown fruits and vegetables that reflect each growing season.


The weekly boxes come with their own recipe booklet that also feature facts about the origin of the produce and its health benefit.

Fresno produce company provides fresh cut fruit, veggies

May 23, 2015

A summer job helping his father deliver boxes of vegetables to Fresno restaurants has turned into a growing and specialized enterprise for Mike Kahaian over the last 26 years.


His company, 1st Quality Produce, provides school districts, restaurants, hotels and other food-service businesses statewide with fresh cut peppers, zucchini, and fruit including pineapple, mangoes and melons.

1st Quality Produce Expands Fresh-Cut Facility

April 16, 2015

Wholesale and custom fresh-cut produce company, 1st Quality Produce, Fresno, Calif., expanded into a new 35,000-square-foot remodeled facility, what is said to be the largest fresh-cut produce processing facility in California.


“Our customers range from schools, restaurants and hospitals to distributors,” says Mike Kahaian, chief executive officer. “We are capable of meeting everyday produce needs to the biggest buyers in town, yet small enough to provide service to our favorite local mom-and-pop restaurants.”

1st Quality Produce expands to new facility

April 10, 2015

A wholesale and custom fresh-cut produce company is growing, allowing it to hire more than 50 new employees, and finding ways to save on water usage.


1st Quality Produce moved from a small building in the industrial area south of downtown Fresno to a remodeled 35,000-square-foot facility nearly two miles away that once housed a pipe company at Orange and Church avenues. Parts of the building are still under construction and expect to be finished by June.

1st Quality Produce ups school fresh-cut snack volume

August 13, 2013

Fresno, Calif.-based 1st Quality Produce plans to produce more than 1 million fruit and vegetable snack packs per month for schools in the San Joaquin Valley.


“It’s about a 15% increase over last year,” said Falina Marihart, marketing director.School start times vary by district, but processing and distribution were expected to reach full capacity by mid-August.

1st Quality Produce brings fresh-cut, Tommy Tomato to schools

April 07, 2013

Fresno, Calif.-based 1st Quality Produce is providing packaged fresh-cut produce to local schools featuring a cartoon character, Tommy Tomato.


The processor and Fresno Unified School District are supplying free fruits and vegetables to children in low-income areas through the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program. In the district, 45 schools qualify.

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