Chelsea, MA – Gold Bell, part of the dynamic Arrowfarms company, is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year. A family business, Gold Bell’s success was built on quality produce, excellence in customer service, and innovation within the industry. Gold Bell founder Joanne Cipriano Dolan says, “We started Gold Bell 40 years ago with the idea to provide our customers with seasonal specialty items year-round. We have grown throughout the east coast and beyond. We are proud to employ a team of more than 50 people, and are dedicated to providing top quality product to every customer, every day. We want to thank our loyal customers and our dedicated staff for 40 remarkable years.”
To commemorate the occasion, Gold Bell will donate 10% of Friday, November 8th, 2019’s gross sales to the Boston nonprofit Fair Foods. Fair Foods is a food rescue nonprofit, receiving surplus produce from industrial suppliers who can no longer use it. On an average day, the organization receives and ships over 10,000 pounds of fresh food. “We have partnered with Fair Foods for years, and donating on our 40th anniversary is a wonderful way to include our retail customers in giving back to the community that our company calls home,” says Dolan.
Nancy Jamison of Fair Foods says that her organization is grateful for the quality produce that Gold Bell has so consistently donated. “For 30 years, Gold Bell has provided fresh, healthy food to those in need throughout New England by supporting Fair Foods. So far in 2019, we have distributed 145,200 pounds of food – that is a pallet of food stacked to the top of the Prudential Center yearly,” says Jamison. “We are so appreciative, as are the thousands of low-income people we serve by delivering this produce to health centers, veterans centers, Boston Housing senior centers, shelters and churches daily.”
As one Arrowfarms company celebrates 40 years in business, the organization as a whole looks to the future. The founders of Arrowfarms and its staff believe that sustainability is one of the most important issues facing the produce industry. Many sustainability initiatives are already in place including a zero-waste facility, efficiency measures, and eco-conscious packaging. Arrowfarms has also invested in the development of Morning Kiss Organic, the organic brand of Gold Bell, DiSilva Fruit and Arrowfarms.
“We have made a true commitment to sustainability company-wide,” says Michael Guptill of Gold Bell. “We’re proud to have all the Arrowfarms companies on board with these initiatives, and particularly excited to grow our Morning Kiss Organic brand that partners with local, family-owned farms to bring organic produce to our retail partners and tables throughout the East Coast and beyond.”
Morning Kiss Organic offers unique packaging options offer economical packaging, pricing, faster turns and less waste. Always fresh, the company uses just in time inventory management as well as daily deliveries to ensure the highest quality, best tasting selection available. Natural and healthy, Morning Kiss products are always non-GMO. Morning Kiss Organic is committed to sourcing from East Coast farmers whenever possible, and delivers daily to stores and distribution centers.
Arrowfarms will exhibit at the New England Produce Expo in Boston this September 18-19. The booth will celebrate Gold Bell’s 40th anniversary and detail Arrowfarms’ sustainability initiatives.
A trusted leader in the produce company for over 50 years, Arrowfarms has three state of the art production facilities located within the heart of New England’s major food hub, and one in Upstate New York. These facilities are used for packaging all varieties of potatoes, onions, citrus, and various other commodities. When a customer or vendor develops a relationship with an Arrowfarms company, they receive the best of what the produce industry has to offer. The company is comprised of dynamic companies, Arrowfarms, Gold Bell Inc., DiSilva Fruit, and Morning Kiss Organic.