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“Front Porch” Q&A With Peter Truitt

by Alison – on March 11, 2010

Peter Truitt, Truitt Brothers

One of the newest members of the Burgerville supply chain family is Truitt Brothers, a Salem, Oregon-based leader in the shelf-stable foods industry and sustainable food production pioneer.  As part of the company’s commitment to preserving wildlife and natural resources, as well taking care of their employees and using sound manufacturing practices, Truitt Bros. became the first Food Alliance certified processor in the country in 2006.

David and Peter Truitt were still in their 20’s when they purchased the original cannery that houses one of the company’s divisions today. Now David manages the field and operations aspects of the business, building direct relationships with local growers and overseeing the processing of over 40,000 tons of pears, beans, plums and cherries each year – including the local cherries in Burgerville’s new Northwest Cherry Chocolate Milkshakes and Smoothies! Meanwhile, Peter focuses on building similarly close relationships with customers, and championing the true value of sustainable food production in the Northwest and across the country.

Okay, so that’s the formal intro. On a personal note, I love working with Peter Truitt. We conducted the interview below through email, yet somehow Peter made it feel like we were having a conversation together while…


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