The Class Produce Group is a third generation family-owned business, which has been servicing the greater Baltimore/Washington corridor for 70 years. We started with just one stall in 1936 at the old Baltimore Marsh Market. As the business grew, Deemer Class expanded and moved to the Pulaski Highway Market in the 1960's. In the 1970's the business moved to the newly constructed Maryland Wholesale Produce Market in Jessup, MD. This centralized location helped vendors better serve customers in the D.C. and Baltimore corridor.
When Deemer Class began selling produce in Baltimore, he was committed to understanding his customers and his farmers better than anyone else. Likewise, he was dedicated to providing only the highest quality. Deemer conducted business with a handshake and a smile. He rapidly grew a business that was known for honesty and first class service. Deemer was able to pass these principles on to his son, Pete.
W.D. “Pete” Class developed the business into six companies: W. Deemer Class & Son, JLW Produce, JC Banana, CFC Trucking, Class Distribution Services, and Intellispec. Each company was created to specialize in niche markets resulting in personalized service and the purchasing power of one of the largest produce providers in the country. Our dedication to quality and freshness has never changed.
On November 1st, 2004 The Class Produce Group to announced a significant change in its operating structure to enhance the ability to provide additional services and superior products to customers and the Mid-Atlantic market place. The operating units, W.D. Class, JC Banana and JLW Produce, have been merged into a single operating entity, now known as The Class Produce Group. By combining these units, the Class Produce Group has enhanced customer access to a larger product line, augmented buying power, additional distribution services and the full talent of a professional staff. The knowledge and experience of our management team enables us to serve some of the largest customers on the East Coast. Each member of our team is committed to customer satisfaction and is passionate about delivering the best.