In 1978, James and Deborah Hannigan launched J&J Distributing with just 300 square feet, 4 employees and a passion for quality fruits and vegetables. Today, with an innovative 100,000 square foot warehouse in the heart of Saint Paul, Minnesota, they’ve never lost that passion and have successfully passed it on to 200 employees.
We partner with J&J for a full range of conventional, organic, and value-added fresh and dried products. Their dedication to excellence in service and quality allow us to bring you convenient fresh cut fruits and veggies that taste great and last longer. Open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year, they are able to provide us (and our customers) with a large variety of fresh produce year round. Their certified organic warehouse is a series of temperature-controlled coolers that house fresh produce from local, U.S. and overseas providers. Their spotless warehouse is anchored by a cutting room that is temperature-controlled and divided into workstations to produce the wide array of fresh cut fruits and veggies that you will find in the refrigerated section of our Produce Department.
"The fruit and vegetables are all hand-cut under strict sanitary conditions and are in the Kowalski's stores in less than 24 hours," said Stephanie Melstrom, the Hannigan's daughter, who has grown into the business. "Nothing in this operation is automated," she added, "which allows our people to make sure that only the freshest produce goes into each item."
Our cut fruit and vegetable offerings change with the seasons, so you can enjoy these items at their flavorful best. J&J is also the supplier of our Signature Fresh Squeezed Orange Juice, Grapefruit Juice and Lemonade – all of which are squeezed fresh daily from the best produce available.
Our close partnership with J&J is just one of the reasons our selection of farm-fresh fruits and vegetables is unmatched in the Twin Cities. From the field to your refrigerate, no produce gets there faster!