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Company History

Sid Wainer & Son was founded in 1914 by Henry Wainer on the historic cobblestone streets of New Bedford, MA.  Back then, in the days of the horse and buggy, Mr. Wainer was known for sourcing farmed products from the South Coast of New England and distributing them to push carts, local restaurants and the neighborhood stores in his region.

Mr. Wainer’s grandson and namesake, Henry B. Wainer, grew up working in the family business, alongside his father, Sid. Together they continued visiting local farmers who became more than just suppliers, they became friends; Henry’s passion for the family business began to grow.  Henry’s father, Sid, embodied a code of ethics, strength of character, and positive outlook that helped mold the vision for what his company would one day become.  Throughout the years, visits with the local farmers increased and powerful partnerships grew, as did a resolve to support the local farming community. As a result, Sid Wainer & Son developed a unique and unparalleled ability to deliver high yielding fresh fruits and vegetables the same day they were harvested.

Sid Wainer & Son developed a unique and unparalleled ability to deliver high yielding fresh fruits and vegetables the same day they were harvested.

Since that time, Sid Wainer & Son has experienced meteoric growth due to passion, product diversification and a commitment to purchasing premium first-pick produce from the world’s finest farms. The company has also developed close relationships with artisanal producers from around the world that create specialty products using preparations, techniques and recipes that are centuries old.

Under the leadership of Henry B. Wainer, the current president and owner, the company has become the first HACCP certified produce company in the United States. Sid Wainer & Son leads the industry in food safety and is a strong proponent of the Slow Food movement and sustainable agriculture bringing freshly harvested produce from farm to table.  Many of the products it sells are grown on the company’s own Jansal Valley Farms.

We have our own rail sidings.

 

Today, Sid Wainer & Son is the most prominent importer and distributor of specialty produce in the country and supplies over 30,000 of the finest restaurants, hotels, gourmet shops, retailers and caterers around the world. The company also sells to the home chef through its website, its Gourmet Outlet in New Bedford as well as specialty retail markets, upscale supermarkets, Costco, BJ’s and Amazon, domestically and internationally.