Mart Produce and ProSource Join Forces
The Mart Group LLC and ProSource Inc. are gearing up to enter a joint venture agreement. The former, which is comprised of four Idaho potato growers, will acquire a significant equity position in ProSource Inc., a grower-based onion and potato supplier. The new undertaking brings together the current ownership of The Mart Group LLC, ProSource Inc., and Golden West Produce LLC, to form a collaborative grower-based potato and onion marketing company, effective August 01, 2019.
The Mart Group, LLC., operating as Mart Produce, and Idaho based ProSource Inc. will finalize the pending agreement on or prior to August 01, 2019. At that time the companies will combine sales teams to consolidate all fresh-packed potato and onion sales and marketing responsibilities moving forward. ProSource Inc. is currently responsible for all fresh onion sales and marketing for Golden West Produce LLC in several states. The finalization of this joint venture will effectively couple one of the oldest and largest Idaho potato grower/shippers with one of the most extensive year-round grower-based fresh onion programs in the industry.
“We are very excited to join forces with ProSource and leverage the strengths of each of our organizations in offering a more complete solution to our customers. With over 65 years of combined industry experience, we will be able to combine the strength and reputation that ProSource brings from the onion industry and Mart Produce brings from the potato industry to offer our customers year-round supply of each of these commodities. We are determined to be the first-choice supplier of potatoes and onions to the fresh produce industry and we are excited to be able to expand our product offering to each of our customers through this joint venture,” said Jason Allen, CEO, The Mart Group.
The Mart Group LLC, located in Rupert, Idaho is a supplier of high-quality Idaho potatoes to customers in the fresh and processed segments of the potato industry. The company employs more than 100 people and has been serving the foodservice and retail industries for over 35 years.
“Having conducted business with Mart Produce for many years and knowing the synergies between our ownership groups, the opportunity to partner with the Mart Group in this venture could not have been more timely. This joint venture, comprised of onion and potato growers within our marketing company, ensures a true supply platform of grower based production in both categories into a single, easy to use solution for our current and future customers,” commented Corey Griswold, COO, ProSource.
ProSource Inc. is a grower owned and operated sales and marketing company based in Hailey, Idaho. The firm. currently services a wide range customer base comprised of foodservice, retail, wholesale and broad-line customers in the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Central America.