GrubMarket acquires N.J. fresh produce company

GrubMarket completed the acquisition of Vineland-based Regatta Tropicals, a successful and premier fresh fruit company that provides quality fruits to retail, chain stores and food service companies across the U.S. and Canada.

Regatta Tropicals currently operates in New Jersey and California, is one of the top suppliers of kiwifruit, persimmons and figs in the U.S., and also provides convenient and sophisticated shipping, repacking and restyling services for its customers.

Founded nearly 30 years ago as an offshoot of a company called Coast-to-Coast Produce, Regatta Tropicals is run by its original owner Steve Matych and his wife, Teresa Barnes-Matych.

Regatta is considered one of the largest volume marketers of Fuyu and Hachiya persimmons in California and also owns 60 acres of land in Maricopa, Arizona, where it grows its famous Black Mission figs. After the acquisition, the business will continue to be managed by its current experienced and mission-driven leadership team.

Regatta Tropicals is a full-service produce distribution and wholesale business with freezer and cold storage facilities that cover over 60,000 square feet in space and repacking operations in both Vineland and Reedley, California. Across both its West Coast and East Coast operations, Regatta employs nearly 200 people.

“We are excited to join the GrubMarket team and welcome the opportunities brought forth by GrubMarket’s robust technology platform and strong e-commerce supply and demand network. We strive to be one of the highest-quality and most reliable fresh fruit distributors for our customers nationwide, and we also seek to further tap into premier grower networks on both the East Coast and West Coast,” Steve Matych, CEO of Regatta Tropicals, said.

As a part of GrubMarket’s portfolio, Regatta Tropicals will now utilize GrubMarket’s innovative and proprietary WholesaleWare software suite, the company’s Software-as-a-Service platform that provides food industry wholesalers and distributors with seamless financial management, easy-to-use mobile and online ordering features, precise inventory management, lot traceability and tracking, grower accounting, and automated routing and logistics tools.