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PRO*ACT adds Canadian distributor

North American Produce Sales, a produce distributor based in Vancouver, BC, has joined PRO*ACT, a leading fresh produce supplier, based in Monterey, CA.

Founded in 1938, North American Produce Sales services retail and foodservice customers from a 22,000-square-foot, third-party inspected distribution center.

North American originally was two separate entities, Tom Yee Co. and Tom Yee Produce Inc. Those companies were merged and repositioned as North American Produce Sales in 1994 by third-generation owners Dennis, Harry and Peter Tom.

"Joining the PRO*ACT organization is an important step in the continued evolution of our company," Dennis Tom, president of North American Produce Sales, said in a press release. "We're excited to begin realizing the benefits of quality products, top-notch food-safety systems, combined purchasing power and the sharing of best practices that PRO*ACT offers. We know that not only will North American Produce Sales benefit from the relationship, but our customers will as well."

North American Produce Sales is the second Canadian distribution firm to join PRO*ACT so far this year.

"Just as we have in the United States, we are developing a strong, unified, specialized produce distribution presence in Canada," Lloyd Ligier, vice president of business development at PRO*ACT, added in the press release. "We're happy to welcome the Toms and the entire North American Produce Sales family to the PRO*ACT family."