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The business strategy is intended to allow for growth beyond the I-5 corridor, while maintaining current ownership.

COURTESY PHOTO: PACIFIC COAST FRUIT CO. - Pacific Coast Fruit Co. announced the spinoff of its subsidiary Pacific Coast Trading Co. into its own LLC.Pacific Coast Fruit Co. announced the spinoff of its subsidiary Pacific Coast Trading Co. LLC on April 20, becoming a separate entity from the parent firm.

Many Portlanders recognize the fruit company located along Northeast Second Avenue near the Burnside Bridge — there also is a Seattle location — serving the Pacific Northwest up and down the I-5 corridor.

The multigenerational family-run, farm-to-table produce distribution company opened its doors in 1977 and created the trading company to foster strong relationships among growers, sellers and customers.

David Nemamik is the CEO of Pacific Coast Trading Co.

"We're excited that our business is evolving as we expand our strong partner relationships to seamlessly connect growers, sellers and customers with an unmatched level of service," Nemamik said. "Maintaining the viability of land for the next generation is critical in the longevity in both our business and the health of the planet.

"We believe that quality produce comes from quality growers, and will continue to seek organic growing practices, advanced traceability, proper certifications and full transparency to promote the health of people and the planet through sustainable agriculture," he said.COURTESY PHOTO: PACIFIC COAST FRUIT CO. - Pacific Coast Trading Co. has become its own LLC in a strategic business move poising it and parent company Pacific Coast Fruit Co. for growth beyond the Pacific Northwest I-5 corridor.

Operating the trading company as an independent business will increase its buying power, help distribute a larger variety of produce from large and small growers, and invest in specialized employees and strategic warehouses, according to the company. Separating the entity allows the trading company to pursue expansion opportunities like growing its workforce and geographical footprint.

This comes after Pacific Coast Fruit Co. recently opened its eighth distribution center in Nogales, Arizona. Distribution centers like these continue building on the company's infrastructure to maintain modern supply chain standards, according to the company.

Now, the company is poised for growth: With the new LLC business model, it can become a global resource assisting small-scale producers and offering distribution to Mexico, Canada and Peru, according to the company.

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