North Bay Produce's Brian Klumpp Discusses International Cooperative Structure
TRAVERSE CITY, MI - With grower/owners located all over the world, North Bay Produce differentiates itself as a truly international cooperative. The supplier’s international farm owners make the company more complete and help the farms themselves be better with combined knowledge and resources. And, as North Bay grows, the team is very careful to only add members that are good farmers who share their same values.
“Our international cooperative creates continuity on a 52-week basis and redundancy of supply, giving us the ability to support our customers on a very high level,” Brian Klumpp, Director of Sales and Marketing, explained. “North Bay also encourages collaboration between our farms to tackle challenges and opportunities in the business, and we sponsor group trips to visit different growing locations throughout the world.”
North Bay has offices in strategic locations around the world—throughout the United States; London, England; The Netherlands; Mexico; Peru; Chile; Argentina; and China. With staff in these locations, the company provides a strong grower support network, with new team members to be added in the next few months.
“We understand that in a global market, we have to support our retail partners and growers to make sure all realize success. Sustainability is a key focus for our business and farms, as well as high standards for growing practices along with a commitment to social accountability,” Brian told me. “These are hallmarks of North Bay Produce growers.”
North Bay has over 30 years of success as an international cooperative in the Americas. Now, the supplier is taking that model to Europe, Africa, and South Asia.
As the cooperative continues to grow, we at ANUK will be here to deliver the latest updates.