Economy Produce is a wholesale distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables servicing retail and food service distributors within a 250 mile radius of Cleveland, Ohio. We also offer customized produce solutions for distributors, including bid assistance, sales and marketing support, and procurement solutions.
Alex Jakobowitz founded Economy Produce in 1978. He was new to the produce business and as the "new kid on the block" no one gave him much of a chance. There were two things, however, that Alex offered his customers that kept them coming back: a quality product and integrity. He was always willing to pay more for better produce, and more importantly he was a man of his word. Alex's integrity and focus on quality created the foundation for our company today.
Economy Produce is now owned and operated by second generation family members Jack Jakobowitz and Ray Gold. With over 30 years of experience, Economy Produce continues to build upon Alex's legacy of quality and service and is dedicated to providing freshness, quality, and value to our customers.
Jim Slosar began his career at Economy Produce in 1999 and previously held the position of General Manager.
Jim has over 32 years of retail and wholesale management experience, holding previous jobs such as Head Buyer for Riser Foods, where he was responsible for over 200 retail locations, wholesale business, and 50 Stop n' Shop locations.
In addition to his responsibilities in overseeing all produce procurement at Economy Produce, Jim specializes in vegetable purchasing with a particular focus on California products.
Jim graduated from Cleveland State University in 1974 with a degree in Accounting.
Lou has extensive experience in the produce industry. Lou's responsibilities as a Category Manager include all procurement of citrus, stone fruit, grapes, apples, and other fruits. His career includes Retail and Procurement with Finest and Tops Supermarkets, and quality control and procurement with Tops Markets and MGI Produce.
Herschel has over 35 years of experience in produce and his previous experience includes owning his own produce company. As a Category Manager at Economy Produce, Herschel's areas of expertise include potatoes, onions, and yams.
Herschel is also a graduate of Cleveland State University in the School of Business.
An employee of Economy Produce since 1990, Rick is a Category Manager responsible for bananas, pineapples and other tropical fruits. Rick is one of the most experienced in ripening bananas in the Cleveland market, with over 32 years of experience at the Northern Ohio Food Terminal.
Jack officially took over the day to day operations of Economy Produce in 2007 as the Chief Executive Officer, transitioning these duties from his father, Alex Jakobowitz, founder of the company.
Jack is a graduate of Cleveland State University, earning a degree in both Accounting and Finance in 2001. In 2004, Jack earned his law degree from Cleveland Marshall and also passed the bar exam the same year.
A graduate of Cleveland State University in 1991 with a degree in Accounting and a CPA, Ray is the Chief Financial Officer at Economy Produce. He joined the company in 1992 and oversees all financial aspects of the company including credit and accounting. Ray also oversees the safety and sanitation committee and is responsible for ensuring AIB compliance.
Gary joined Economy Produce in 2015 as Director of Operations. Gary's responsibilities include management of transportation, operations, and quality assurance.4000 Orange Avenue