Seashore Fruit and Produce Company is the region’s leading distributor of fresh fruit, produce, and dairy serving the tri-state area. Seashore provides unparalleled quality, commitment to service, and competitive pricing. We service a diverse customer base, which consists of: K-12 schools, colleges and universities, healthcare and senior living facilities, business and industry locations, national chain restaurants, independently-owned restaurants, casinos, country clubs, and theme parks. Our staff is familiar with your specific needs and what you need from your fresh produce vendor.
Excellent customer service is the cornerstone of our business. Our Customer Service Department is available to answer any questions that may arise Monday through Saturday. We provide weekly communication of market trends and the availability of locally sourced product.
Seashore Fruit and Produce was founded by Joseph Palmisano in the Atlantic City Terminal Market in 1908. The business remained in the family for three generations. In 1985 Barry Yagodich purchased the company from the Palmisano family. Seashore was quickly transformed into a company with a far greater regional presence, while maintaining the family business tradition. In 2003 Seashore became a member and partner of PRO*ACT, a national organization of independently owned and operated produce distribution specialists.
Through PRO*ACT and contracts with large national accounts, Seashore has well-established relationships with the industry’s premier growers and shippers. By partnering with the best, Seashore can guarantee its customers a level of quality, product diversity, and controllable food cost unmatched by other regional distributers.
Today Seashore is run by Barry’s son, Chad. Under Chad’s leadership, Seashore has expanded and evolved. In 2017 Seashore moved in to a large, state-of-the-art facility in Vineland, New Jersey. We are located minutes from many local farms that we’ve partnered with, galvanizing our relationship with them. We’re proud of our new facility and love for our customers to come visit our facility and take you on a farm tour!
“PRO*ACT Advantage” is product quality, safety, and value.
Collectively, the PRO*ACT companies are the nation’s largest fresh produce distribution organization serving the foodservice industry. This membership gives us the advantage of contracted pricing on many commodities with dependable, premier national and regional growers.
Seashore Fruit & Produce is GFSI (Global Food Safety Initiative) certified through the SQF Audit (Safe Quality Food) food safety audit. We adhere to our accredited HACCP (Hazard Analysis of Critical Control Points) and recall plans. The mock recalls that we participate in multiple times a year are validated by our food safety audits.
Seashore is an eager participant in the Produce Traceability Initiative (PTI), has a Global Locator Number (GLN), and a Global Tractability Identification Number (GTIN).
We frequently review and update our Food Safety, Food Defense, and Recall plans to ensure that we are providing the safest foods to all of our customers.
The biggest trend in the culinary world right now is Local. Seashore has partnered with local growers and sources locally grown commodities whenever possible. Locally grown product is not just a trend— it tastes better, looks better, and is better for you. Local springtime offerings include: asparagus, lettuces, and leafy greens. In the summer our local tomatoes, blueberries, sweet corn, peaches, and peppers are popular. Autumn favorites include: a variety of apples, hearty squashes, and sweet potatoes. In the winter, we highlight fresh mushrooms from Chester County, Pennsylvania and greenhouse-grown vegetables. During the local season, we provide a weekly update to inform our customers what is available locally and where is it sourced from. We also have biographies available on each of our local suppliers for our customer to promote that the support local growers.
In addition to sourcing locally, Seashore is working to become more sustainable. In April 2016, we achieved the Green Business Bureau’s platinum level. Seashore, along with the other PRO*ACT companies, has created and is implementing a sweeping new sustainability initiative called Greener Fields Together. It encompasses the entire spectrum from seed to fork: national growers, local growers, distributers, and hospitality partners.