At the age of 10, Emil Nemarnik was the only child in his family of 12 to immigrate to the United States from Italy. Emil began his produce career working in a grocery store to pay his way through college. While working at the store he met his future bride, Kathleen Spada. After graduating, he continued to work in the produce industry buying, selling and brokering produce until 1976 when the company he worked for was sold. At the age of 50 he was out of work with five children to support and unsure of what the future held. To make matters worse, Emil was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis and told his mobility would quickly decline. Undaunted, Emil mortgaged his house, sold his car and found a bank that would lend him money. In 1977 his hard work paid off and Pacific Coast Fruit Company opened its doors as the smallest produce distributor in Portland with eight employees, five of which were family members. Since then, Pacific Coast Fruit Company has grown into one of the largest independently owned produce distributors in the Pacific Northwest. Today, Pacific Coast Fruit Company employs over 500 people spanning between two facilities – a 90,000 square foot warehouse and Fresh Cut center in Portland, Oregon, and a 83,000 square foot warehouse in Kent, Washington. The company remains family owned and operated by two of Emil and Kathleen’s children. With a third generation now entering the business, Pacific Coast Fruit Company is dedicated to continuing its legacy by providing the freshest produce from Farm to Family.
Take good care of your employees, customers, shippers and farmers and they will make you successful. – Emil Nemarnik
Where are we located:
Pacific Coast Fruit Company has two facilities – a 90,000 square foot warehouse and Fresh Cut center in Portland, Oregon, and a 83,000 square foot warehouse in Seattle, Washington, both conveniently located along the I-5 corridor to serve the entire Northwest region.
Who we serve:
We service a wide variety of customers including retailers, wholesalers, processors, restaurants, and more. Our produce programs include robust USDA Organic, local Oregon and Washington, and Fresh Cut options and we are proud to provide our customers with the freshest and healthiest produce available.
What services we offer:
Our employees are expert food industry insiders and know how to tailor our services to meet your needs. We offer training on product handling as well as assistance in planning your specialty and seasonal programs. We believe we have the best customer service staff and they are available to help you seven days a week. Our goal is to not simply sell to our customers but offer them support every step of the way.