Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt has been in business for more than 100 years. We started
out selling produce wholesale in the Produce Markets of San Francisco. Leo Rolandelli
purchased Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt in 1963 and has sold produce for the past 50 years.
During the 70’s Leo started working with asparagus growers to develop the asparagus
industry. Since then, asparagus has become the majority of Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt’s
business. Leo has mentored and worked with several of our competitors to help develop
the asparagus industry as a whole. In 2012 Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt sold it’s wholesale
produce business in the San Francisco Produce Market to concentrate on Jacobs, Malcolm
& Burtt’s brokerage business. We currently sells asparagus, melons, and pomegranates.
History of Asparagus at Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt:
JMB started selling California Asparagus during the 1970’s.
In California JMB represents over 30% of the asparagus acreage.
JMB started selling Mexican Asparagus during the 1970’s.
JMB has solid relationships in Mexico with growers that have been in the business
for many years. These growers are reliable growers who have been through the ups
JMB started selling Peru Asparagus during the 1990’s.
JMB works with two of the top growers in Ica plus several smaller growers.
JMB has committed itself to only importing via air shipments out of Peru and not
by water container to maintain the best quality.
Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt and the success of its growers has been on of a partnership
built on what each is good at; the grower producing a quality crop and Jacobs, Malcolm
& Burtt selling at a price that provides the most money back to the grower.
We provide growers with funds to enable them to develop and plant fields, build packing
sheds and cold storage facilities and buy equipment.
By partnering with growers, instead of growing ourselves, we return money back to
the local economy of the grower. As apposed to other grower/shippers who maintain
all proceeds in the US.
Jacobs, Malcolm & Burtt and our growers believe this is the best way to achieve success
and deliver the highest quality products to the consumer. We believe in getting
high quality products to the store shelf in the shortest time possible.