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The Sanfilippo family business started over three generations ago in Trappeto, Sicily, and now encompasses over 90 years of experience. The Sanfilippo family first took root in the produce business as lemon tree farmers in Italy and learned from the ground up that hard work and dedication pay off to achieve the finest product grown.

Sanfilippo Family

Salvatore Sanfilippo immigrated to the United States in 1923 and carried on his family tradition through supplying fresh produce at Soulard Market in Downtown St. Louis. After working for his father for many years and after several years as produce manager for Schnucks, Sam branched off on his own and bought a grocery store next to Soulard Market named Anthony’s Produce. Sam ran Anthony’s as both a retailer and a wholesaler of fine produce.

In 1983 Sunfarm Food Service was born when we relocated our produce company to Produce Row and dedicated ourselves as a business to business distributor of fruits, vegetables and dairy to fine restaurants and institutions in the St. Louis Area. Sam, his daughters Amy and Beth, and the rest of the Sunfarm Team developed Sunfarm into a very solid distribution company.

John Pollaci, husband of Amy, joined as President in 2009. Alongside Sam, the Sunfarm Team has grown on that family tradition to the extent of needing a new 21,000 square foot warehouse, which Sunfarm moved into in July of 2014.

Today, Sunfarm Food Service continues to expand to meet our customer’s ever growing needs by offering standard, local, and organic produce & dairy from the best brands and growers around the globe and around the corner.