The Chuck Olsen Co. – which exhibits annually at the Southeast Produce Council’s Southern Exposure Convention & Expo in Millen, Georgia since the event’s second year – will be available in 2021.
The fourth-generation Visalia, Calif., Company will be an exhibitor at SEPC: The Rise of Produce Southern Exposure 2021 April 6-8 in Orlando, Florida.
“We’ll be happy to see people we haven’t seen in a long time,” said Jeff Olsen, president of Chuck Olsen Co. “It’s the fun of this industry – the relationships.”
Vice President Tom Salisbury, Chuck Olsen Co., will join Olsen at the company’s booth on the Southern Exposure Expo floor.
The Chuck Olsen Co. is a national shipper of citrus fruits (navel and Valencia oranges, tangerines, lemons, grapefruits and limes), cantaloupe, plums, nectarines, peaches, apple watermelons, strawberries, pineapples, cherries and pomegranates – putting the ’emphasis on supplying catering accounts.
“We’re pretty heavy in the restaurant business,” Olsen said.
Like the rest of the restaurant business, Chuck Olsen Co. has had a tough year due to pandemic-related shutdowns, dropping 30-40%.
“It was a battle,” Olsen said.
Many strong business relationships – as well as help from efforts such as the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Farmers to Families food box feeding program – have helped keep Chuck Olsen Co. going through the shutdowns, a- he declared.
Load consolidation services
In addition to providing a wide range of fresh produce, Chuck Olsen Co. is also a service provider for bundling loads of fruits and vegetables.
Chuck Olsen Co. offers its customers pay-as-you-go charge consolidation services, allowing customers to receive precisely the services they need. The benefits of using Chuck Olsen Co. load consolidation services include:
- options to load in Exeter, CA and Los Angeles year round
- seasonal loading in Salinas, CA, and Yuma, Arizona.
- load trucks and get them on the road quickly
- eliminating additional pickup costs
- reduce loading times
- and prevent loading errors.
Companies benefiting from Chuck Olsen Co.’s solutions for today’s changing logistics needs include:
- small enterprises
- medium and large companies
- public and private companies
- service companies
- manufacturing companies
- global companies
- and companies wishing to go public.
Play it safe
Each Chuck Olsen Co. supplier has up-to-date third-party food safety and auditing programs in place, keeping an eye on compliance with all state and federal regulations regarding production, harvesting and handling practices. on-farm processing, including HAACP, good agricultural practices. and good manufacturing practices.
The people behind Chuck Olsen Co.
The agricultural roots of Chuck Olsen Co. stretch back over 100 years, steeped in family tradition.
The third and fourth generation Olsen family members carry on this family tradition today, working together to source and ship millions of cartons of grapes, citrus fruits and melons year after year throughout California under their labels. Top Stock, Stagecoach and Tulare Chief.
Chuck Olsen received his bachelor’s degree in viticulture and enology from California State University-Fresno. Her son Jeff and daughter Marti both graduated in agricultural marketing from the California Polytechnic Institute.
Jeff worked as a buyer for a large retailer for five years and has now worked for Chuck Olsen Co. for over 20 years.
Marti also spent five years as a retail buyer before joining the company in 1996.
His son-in-law Tom Salisbury received a degree in crop science from the California Polytechnic Institute and spent over seven years with a national foodservice purchasing company and over six years in sales with a grower-shipper in Salinas, California.
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