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About Us

Why Preferred Brands Produce?

Preferred Brands Produce has been a family owned and operated business in Southeastern Michigan since 1989, and has consistently challenged the industry to keep the highest standards. With our owners sharing 75 years of knowledge in every facet of the produce industry, you are guaranteed to have the best produce, quality and service available.

refrigerated deliveryRefrigerated Delivery

Our modern fleet of refrigerated trucks offer a daily delivery, with On Time Delivery our priority. All parts of the Cold Chain are maintained, including our refrigerated loading dock area.

food safetyFood Safety

We make food safety a priority. Preferred Brands Produce is one of the few HACCP Certified companies, in our industry, with a Superior Rating from AIB (an independent auditing company).

direct produce buyingDirect Buying to Ensure Freshness

Preferred Brands Produce utilizes many resources, including those outside of Michigan. Having a direct produce connection on the west coast, our company is able to provide our customer with hard to find specialty products. We stay well informed with all of the market fluctuations from coast to coast, allowing us to deliver any requests and keeping our prices competitive.

In-House Processing FacilityIn-House Processing Facility

We have an In-House Processing Facility and are able to offer competitive pricing with cut to order quality. We cut all vegetables and fruits with virtually any cut and/or pack size.

Preferred Brands Staff

Allan Emmer, owner, President

Allan has been involved with produce industry for 25 years. Starting in California as a route manager, pulling and setting deliveries for one of the oldest and largest produce companies on the west coast. The Los Angeles Produce Terminal is where Allan received his greatest amount of knowledge for produce. Working closely with farm direct products, he gained his knack for unparalleled purchasing and tough negotiations. In 1980 he started to work for a produce processing plant, and ran it completely for 8 years. Gaining knowledge for this part of the business he was eager to continue where he left off. After coming to Detroit to help launch a processing company, he decided to start one for himself. In 1989 Allan started his own produce company, and has watched it grow into Preferred Brands Produce.

Stacey Emmer, owner, sales, customer service

As a partner with Allan since the inception of Preferred Brands in 1992, Stacey has become increasingly aware of businesses that are female owned and operated. Having more than a 20 year experience in retail sales, wholesale produce was a welcome challenge. Learning the business, working along side her husband, Stacey has product knowledge and great customer relationships. With our state of the art processing facility, Stacey uses her inventiveness to develop new and interesting precut vegetable medleys for direct foodservice uses.

Anthony Tedesco, partner, produce buyer

Tony joined Preferred Brands in 2002. He was previously the owner and operator of his family’s business that his father had started many years prior. Tedesco and Sons was a highly respected produce company, in the Detroit area, for many years. It was with great anticipation that he decided to join the Preferred Brands team. Tony has been a dedicated produce buyer for more than 20 years. He continues his trade today with Preferred Brands, keeping in touch with all his contacts from his earlier years on his own. Tony is always in close communication with many different shippers and farmers, insisting on the highest quality and at the most competitive pricing.

Shawn Block, warehouse manager, HACCP certified

Shawn has been an invaluable part of the Preferred Brands team. His dedication to the smooth running operation of the daily plant procedures, and keeping the HACCP regulation up to code. Shawn has the responsibility of coordinating the “cold chain”. Ensuring the quality, temperature, warehousing, processing, and the delivery of the safest product to the end user. Shawn also oversees that production is kept to schedule, and that all orders leave complete.

Anthony Piantoni, sales, produce expert

Tony has been part of the Preferred Brands family since 1995. He was our first mushroom expert because of his extensive experience in the industry. His background consists of 3rd generation mushroom grower in Shelby Township, Michigan. He has more than 25 years of technical mushroom growing experience. Tony sat as a former board member and a shareholder of the Great Lakes Mushroom Co-op in Warren Michigan. Preferred Brands has the privilege to have Tony part of our Sales team. His knowledge and expertise brings confidence to our customers.