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What Is a Wholesale Food Distributor?

At E. Armata Inc., our company has pulled itself up from humble beginnings to become a staple wholesale food distributor in the Hunts Point Market. But what is a wholesale food distributor, and how do we work to the benefit of our customers? Our team at E. Armata Inc. would love to answer these questions for you today. 


What Is A Wholesale Food Distributor?

Most, if not all, supermarkets, smaller shops, and restaurants do not grow the fruits and vegetables they sell and serve on their own. As a result, they outsource this need and have produce delivered right to their location. Rather than work with an array of individual growers and shippers to achieve this, stores and restaurants tend to team with wholesale food distributors, such as E.Armata Inc., to keep inventory stocked conveniently. At E. Armata Inc., our network of growers and shippers allow us to provide businesses with produce in bulk quantities, so they’re always able to meet their consumer’s needs.  


Our Distribution Process:

At E. Armata Inc., we have spent years perfecting our craft, ensuring that our customers are always left satisfied. We have been able to overcome many of the challenges wholesale food providers face, attributing greatly to our success. Below is a snapshot of the process we have meticulously designed to make sure we always live up to the standards our company was founded on:

  1. The first step to success for wholesale food distributors is cultivating relationships with the best growers and shippers. We have spent the past four decades doing this, so you can trust all the fruits and vegetables you receive are of the highest quality.
  2. Once we’ve received the produce, it is placed in our state of the art facility until it is ready to be sent out. We use RF guns to track each item from the time it is dropped off to when it leaves our doors to maintain accountability. This process also lets our consumers shop for and pick their orders more efficiently. 
  3. As the final step in our process, it’s our responsibility to make sure we distribute our produce while it is still fresh. The trucks we use are temperature-controlled to keep the fruits and vegetables fresh longer. We also constantly monitor the speed of our drivers to ensure drop-offs are being done safely.           


Commitment to Excellence!

When asked, “what is a wholesale food distributor,” the standard E. Armata Inc. has set should always come to mind. This company has had a commitment to excellence since the beginning. Our employees never settle for providing any services that are less than the best, which is something we take pride in for our customers. If you’re ready to work with one of the top wholesale food distributors in the area, be sure to contact us today. 

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Fresh Produce Distributor

Anyone whose business revolves around produce will always stress the importance of freshness. With such a tight window of how long fruits and vegetables will last, you’ll need to work with a quality distributor to make certain your business remains a success. By choosing to team with us here at E. Armata Inc., you’ll be doing just that. Acting as an example of what a fresh produce distributor should be, the quality of the shipments you receive will never be in doubt.  

It Starts With Our Shippers

As a fresh produce distributor, our team needs to do its due diligence on the products we send out. To aid in this process, we spent the last four decades cultivating relationships with all of our shippers/growers.  We carefully selected the 100+ produce shippers/growers we currently work with to help guarantee everything we distribute always exceeds the needs and expectations of our customers.

Fresh Produce Guaranteed

At E. Armata Inc., we’re committed to being a trusted fresh produce distributor for all of our customers. We know your business starts and ends with receiving fresh produce, something we always strive to deliver.  With a focus on customer satisfaction, all of the below goes into each of our shipments:

  • We deliver produce daily, so you are always fully stocked with fresh fruits and vegetables.
  • Our delivery trucks are temperature controlled, ensuring produce stays fresh no matter the season.
  • Technological advancements are continually implemented to maximize our delivery schedules and help make any adjustments needed to keep you satisfied.
  • Safety is one of our top priorities, which is why we constantly monitor and track the speed of our delivery vehicles.      

E. Armata Inc.

Our company comes from humble beginnings. It all started in 1890 with Erasmo Armata, a Sicilian immigrant who would purchase lemons then sell them out of a burlap sack throughout the streets of Manhattan. Today, we’ve evolved into a cornerstone of the Hunts Point Market and become a top fresh produce distributor in the area. Our devotion to quality has helped earn the trust of all of our customers. If you’d like to learn more about our company and the benefits of working with us, be sure to contact us today! 

Racking System at Hunts Point Market

Our Racking System

Our family at E. Armata Inc., is prideful in providing high-quality produce and being one of the top providers at the Hunts Point Market in the Bronx. Food safety and quality control are critical in supplying fresh produce and preventing food-borne illnesses. Our company received a 100 percent superior rating from the FDA’s Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) in addition to being GMP-certified. We value food safety and are consistently in search of ways to advance it by implementing modern practices– one of which being our Racking System. By utilizing RF guns, we are able to maintain spot-on inventory and tractability. Every package is traced from the moment it is packaged until the day it is in our customers’ hands. This yields for a faster and more efficient customer shopping and delivery experience. E. Armata Inc.’s unique RF services can be found at the Hunts Point Market– we encourage all to join and experience our services.

Our Racking System

Our freshly delivered products undergo intense daily inspection and scrutiny for food quality assessment. Doing so optimizes quality to our customers and guarantees necessary cleanliness. At E. Armata Inc., we are constantly tracking our produce. We use RF guns to scan and sort our merchandise from our warehouse to the market. RF is an abbreviation for Radio Frequency that sends data through the air. RF guns are handheld devices that act as remote wireless scanners. Our facilities are well equipped and our workers are properly trained on how to operate these tools. By constantly tracing our shipments, our warehouse is perfectly organized and monitored to ensure our customers’ produce remains fresh and clean at all times. The scanners provide the E.Armata team with information such as the type, age, and state of the produce that it is packaged in. We take the extra time that is necessary to ensure all deliveries are fresh and clean. From the instant they are packaged to the time they are shipped and in your hands, our produce is tracked for quality insurance.

Our family is diligent and is prideful of our inspection process and standards. Employees are highly educated and trained in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) quality control. This process consists of hazard analysis, identifying and monitoring control points and limits, following corrective actions, and data-storing verification procedures.

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Contact our team if you are interested in our wholesale services of delivering fresh products. We hold our quality control to the highest standards and have adapted to new technological advancements such as RF guns to incorporate into our unique Racking System. Contact E. Armata Inc. if you are in search of a produce distributor at the Hunts Point Market.

Our Commitment to Food Safety

E. Armata Inc.- Our Commitment to Food Safety

At E. Armata Inc., we take pride in being one of the best providers of high-quality produce at the Hunts Point Market. Food safety and quality control are important in preventing food-borne illnesses such as Escherichia coli O157, Shigella, and Yersinia.  At E. Armata Inc., we are GMP-certified as well as a recipient of a 100 percent superior rating through the FDA’s Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP). Our commitment to food safety is evidenced by the practices we’ve implemented. Below are a few ways our team at E. Armata Inc. supplies produce of the highest quality:

We Receive Shipments Daily

We receive fresh shipments daily into our facility and ensure enough time for proper inspection and food quality assessment.  This guarantees proper cleanliness and optimizes quality to our customers. We are diligent about the inspection process and take the time to review all products being shipped out to our customers before delivery.  All of our quality teams are staffed and managed in-house at E. Armata Inc. and we take pride in offering the freshest produce to our clients.

Temperature-Controlled Trucks

We use temperature-controlled trucks to ensure all products are delivered fresh. This method limits contamination of harmful bacteria and pollution to the products during transport.  For example, increased humidity causes increased the risk of spore and fungi production on fruits and vegetables. Our temperature-controlled trucks are chilled to the optimal temperature to ensure safe and quality delivery of products to our customers.

We Keep Thorough Track Of Our Products

At E. Armata Inc., we specifically keep track of all the fresh food products we receive by immediately uploading a picture of them as they are delivered onto our iPad tracking system.  This means that we take the extra time to ensure all deliverables are up-to-date in our system to ensure quality.

We Employ an Experienced Quality Control Team

Our employees are trained in Hazard Analysis and Critical Control Point (HACCP) quality control.  This process consists of seven principles: hazard analysis, identifying critical control points, determining critical limits, monitoring critical points, establishing corrective actions, developing record-keeping procedures, and establishing verification procedures. If you are looking for a produce distributor at the Hunts Point market, our team at E. Armata Inc. is experienced in providing the highest quality to our end consumers.

Our Inspectors Are USDA-Trained

Our inspectors are trained by the USDA Agricultural Marketing Service inspection standards, which is a nationally recognized agency that provides the standardization, testing, and grading of all food products sold in the US.  This means that at E. Armata Inc you can rest assured that we are trained to provide our customers with high-quality produce.

Contact us if you are interested in our wholesale services delivering the freshest food and vegetable products possible. We ensure quality control of the highest standards and we have the experience behind it. If you are looking for a produce distributor at the Hunts Point market, reach out to us at E. Armata Inc. today!  

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The New York Produce Show – 2018

Our first time exhibiting at The New York Produce Show – 2018 was a success! Thank you to everyone who visited our booths. It was a great meeting with those who make doing business a pleasure year-round as well as the new relationships we formed. Having the opportunity to showcase our brand new website, tropicals department, and E. Armata brand labels as our long-standing relationships with growers and shippers have enabled us to carry an extensive assortment of products year-round.

New York Produce Show
New York Produce Show
New York Produce Show
New York Produce Show
New York Produce Show
New York Produce Show

Facts About the Hunts Point Market – New York Produce

  • Hunts Point Market began in 1962 in the south Bronx. Starting at just 40 acres, space is now 60 acres long and covers approximately 700,000 square feet of refrigeration. The market contains seven refrigerated and freezer buildings that are governed by the United States Department of Agriculture.
  • In June of 2011, the City of New York and the New York City Economic Development Corp. (NYCEDC) agreed to extend the Hunts Point Market lease by three years. Their support was very significant for the growth and the history of Hunts Point Market.
  • The NYCEDC continued to work with the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Cooperative to develop a more long-term and modernized facility.
  • The City and the State agreed to contribute money and work with the Produce Cooperative to secure additional third-party sources of funding.
  • Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market, aka “The Market,” is responsible for 60% of the daily stock for all of New York City’s residents. The market is also is responsible for feeding 30 million people within the region.
  • The Hunts Point Market is made up of 3 separate markets:
    • Hunts Point Cooperative Meat Market
    • Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market
    • New Fulton Fish Market.

Who We Are:

E. Armata Inc, a New York Produce Distributor operates out of Hunts Point Market, New York as a 4th generation wholesaler. We work with growers and shippers to sell to a variety of grocers, institutional/restaurant suppliers, wholesalers, and retailers. Our top priority is to ensure that our customers are provided with the best quality product and service possible.

What We Believe:

As a family-run fruit and produce wholesaler, our mission is to provide our customers with the best fruit and produce. Our focus is to continue to build strong relationships with our grower/shippers, customers, and employees. We place value on having the highest quality products, rewarding integrity, and providing customers with the best produce and service.

If you are interested in learning more about us and our history, contact us today!

Produce Distributors in the Bronx

The Best Uses For Coconut

Coconut Uses

Coconuts aren’t just a tropical fruit: they actually have an array of different uses and benefits that we can incorporate into our healthy lifestyles. At E. Armata, a produce distributor in the Bronx, we sell a wide variety of tropicals like coconuts to help you receive all of the benefits and uses that they have to offer.

Coconut Water

When coconuts are used before they become ripe, the inside is mostly water instead of the white “flesh” that coconuts are known to have. Not only is coconut water delicious, but it is also highly nutritious. Coconut water contains only 46 calories in one serving size (one cup) as well as nutrients such as vitamin C, manganese, magnesium, protein, fiber, potassium, and sodium to name a few.

As a produce distributor in the Bronx, we source only the finest coconuts grown globally. Because of our emphasis on quality, this allows our many partnering retailers to provide the best for their customers.

Coconut Oil

The oil that is made from the flesh of the coconut is considered a “superfood.” The reason for this is that coconut oil provides an incredible amount of unique health benefits such as:

  • Fat loss

Because of the medium-chain triglycerides (MCTs) within the coconut oil itself, your body can burn a significantly higher amount of fat than longer chain fats.

  • Improvements in the immune system

The fatty acids from coconut oil have been shown to kill dangerous pathogens within the body such as the yeast that is responsible for most yeast infections.

  • Hair, skin, and teeth health

Did you know that you don’t actually have to eat coconut oil for you to experience its benefits? Coconut oil has been shown to protect your hair against dangerous UV rays as well as provide ample moisture for your skin.

  • Cooking purposes

Substituting other oils such as butter or vegetable oil with coconut oil is a great, healthy alternative when cooking because coconut oil may provide you with a much more nutritious dish than traditional oils.

Coconut milk

Coconut milk is made from the white flesh of the coconut and is used as a lactose-free dairy substitute for those that are lactose intolerant or eat a dairy-free diet for other reasons. Not only is it easy on the stomach, but it is chock-full of essential nutrients such as fiber, calcium, and vitamin C.

If you are interested in learning more about the uses of coconuts and want to experience the benefits for yourself, contact our produce distributor in the Bronx today!