About Us

A Letter from our President

To our valued customers and suppliers:

On behalf of our nearly 700 dedicated employees, I would like to thank you for allowing us to be your partner in produce for the past 30 years.

At Lancaster Foods, Best Quality…Fastest Service is not just a slogan, it’s our way of life. We strive to deliver the highest quality produce wherever and whenever it’s needed. Our employees live by this principle every day. Whether it’s our Quality Assurance staff on the receiving docks, our fresh cut employees, our pickers or our drivers, everyone here at Lancaster Foods has the same goal:

Best Quality…Fastest Service

When my brother, Dave, and I started the company in 1986, we had no idea that Lancaster Foods would become what it is today. We started with a vision of providing weekend service, which soon grew into the 24/7 operation that is Lancaster Foods today. By 2008, we had outgrown our aging 120,000-square-foot facility in Jessup, MD, and moved a few blocks away into our current state-of-the-art, 220,000-square-foot facility in the heart of the Maryland Produce Zone. With a prime location off I-95 in the Baltimore-Washington corridor, we are uniquely positioned to reach virtually any customer on the Atlantic seaboard with next-day delivery, and in many cases – the very same day.

At Lancaster Foods it is our mission to provide the highest quality produce at the best prices on time, every time. Service to our customers is what drives our dedicated team of employees. In turn, we endeavor to create a good, safe workplace for our employees to eliminate workplace accidents and employee downtime. Simply put, it is our pursuit of excellence that drives us.

What differentiates us, beyond our vision, is the innovative services we offer. From locally grown and organic produce to specialty and ethnic products, we offer everything under the sun. Our broad range of fresh-cut fruits and vegetables are processed in-house to the highest food safety standards in the industry. We work to create a wide selection of new high-tech, eco-friendly, retail-ready packaging solutions while providing product support in store with our retail merchandising team. We also offer a full line of private label items tailored to our customers’ specifications. Should the need arise, our team of merchandisers stand ready to provide in-store support.

Best Quality…Fastest Service. It’s not just a slogan. It’s a commitment to a set of forward-thinking values that allows us to cultivate meaningful relationships to bring satisfaction to our customers.

team-john-gatesJohn Gates
President and Co-founder
Lancaster Foods, LLC