March 24th, 2016 – General News Company Press Release
Great Neck, NY – March 21, 2016 – Fruit importer, exporter and distributor since 1937, William H. Kopke Jr. Inc. is proud to announce it has acquired a majority position in Stanley Orchards Sales, LLC. Stanley Orchards is an industry leader in the apple and pear import/export business. The company, founded in 1931, is based in Modena, NY.
Both multi-generational, family owned and operated businesses, William H Kopke Jr Inc and Stanley Orchards bring a combined 164 years of produce expertise, knowledge and experience to its customers and suppliers. Through this expanded, consistent and reliable supply of exceptional quality products, Kopke and Stanley Orchards will raise the bar on the already high level of individualized customer service on which they have built their reputations as industry leaders. While remaining focused on their customers’ preferences and requirements, they will continue to innovate by simplifying procurement, coordinating communications and streamlining logistics.
Ron Cohn will retain an ownership position at Stanley Orchards and his general management responsibilities. He is joined by his son Jordan Cohn, the fourth generation of Cohns at Stanley Orchards.
Commenting on the acquisition, William Kopke said “We are pleased to become partners in Stanley Orchard Sales. We are both family companies, and we hope to build on the existing business with new and exciting strategies, while still focusing on the traditional values that brought us both here today.”
Ron Cohn said, “We welcome this opportunity to partner with the Kopke team. Kopke is a leader and innovator in fruit imports. Our expanded business will not only offer more product and service to our customers, but provide our suppliers with greater sales and distribution opportunities. As apple specialists, we project growth and expansion in all areas of operations, domestic, export and imports. We are pleased to be a 4th generation company and look forward to the growth we can achieve with the Kopke family.
William H. Kopke Jr., Inc. is a third generation family-owned company that was founded in 1937 by its namesake. For almost 80 years, Kopke has imported the finest fruits from all over the world for distribution throughout North America. As a leading importer of fresh fruit from around the globe, the company continues to focus on bringing the finest imported products to the United States and Canada. Through growing and sourcing in Chile, Peru, Brazil, Argentina, Uruguay, South Africa, Mexico, Morocco, Spain, Italy and Greece, Kopke satisfies its customers with the highest quality produce year after year. Kopke is the largest importer of Chilean fruit in the world and has been for the past 10 years.
About Stanley Orchards
Stanley Orchard Sales LLC is a fourth generation family-owned company and a leader in the apple business since 1931. Stanley Orchards has a long and rich history in the business of produce, having begun as growers and expanding into exports and imports. The business has a multinational focus and is currently trading in eight countries.