DANVILLE, CA–(Marketwired – Jul 7, 2015) – Sun-Maid Growers of California has selected PRISM Team Services to handle distribution of its products throughout Northern California and parts of Nevada and Utah.
“After looking, not only at economics, but at the best fit for Sun-Maid, PRISM was the obvious choice,” said John Slinkard, Vice President Customer & Supply Chain Services at Sun-Maid Growers of California. “We look for companies that operate as we do. Sun-Maid is a cooperative of raisin growers, with a mentality very much like a family-owned company. Relationships are critically important and we’re very big on service.”
There were four companies competing for the business which PRISM will handle through its Stockton, CA facility, all credible companies and good options. But PRISM’s clear focus and headquarters location being Northern California, was the differentiating factor. Sun-Maid prefers to work with regional warehouse logistics and distribution providers, because of the aligned culture and values, and also because of their deep understanding and relationships with the retail grocery customers to whom they deliver Sun-Maid product.
Sun-Maid is the largest raisin and dried fruit processor in the world. As a cooperative, Sun-Maid is made up of approximately 850 family farmers who grow raisin grapes within 100 miles (200 km) radius of the processing plant; the cooperative also sources dried fruit beyond this geographical area.