Ready-Pac Produce Inc.
4401 Foxdale Ave
Irwindale, CA 91706
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Ready Pac is a market leader in the supply of fresh-cut produce to retail grocery chains, mass-merchandisers and foodservice organizations throughout North America. Every day, millions of families in homes across the U.S. and Canada rely on Ready Pac products to enhance their meals while saving them time.
In 1969, Dennis Gertmenian founded Ready Pac, locating its first facility in Pasadena, California. The idea for Ready Pac arose in a corner of Dennis' father's produce warehouse. While his father was away on vacation, Dennis received an urgent request from his father's largest account to provide ready-to-eat salads instead of whole produce. Determined not to lose the business, Dennis quickly bought cutting boards, French knives, and a bathtub in which he could carefully wash the produce. Three days later, he delivered exactly what the customer wanted. And Ready Pac was born.
Soon, the bathtub disappeared and modern equipment was installed. Ready Pac expanded from foodservice to make its retail debut in 1978, experiencing tremendous growth. In 1990, Ready Pac partnered with leaders in European fresh-cut produce processing and packaging technology, which led to the introduction of its popular European-Style salad blends, combining the quality of restaurant salads with the convenience of ready-to-serve. Representing the pinnacle of product quality and packaging appeal, Ready Pac's European-Style salad blends helped pave the way for a whole new array of upscale salad varieties that have now become the largest segment of packaged salads in the U.S.