Aptean acquires Produce Pro in data services merger
Aptean has acquired Produce Pro Software, a provider of enterprise technology solutions built to support the specific needs of the fresh produce and perishables industries.
Produce Pro’s products are designed to serve its customers across the supply chain from production to distribution and are used by hundreds of food distributors, brokers, processors and growers in North America.
With the acquisition of Produce Pro, Aptean builds upon its award-winning Food & Beverage ERP offerings with additional functionality to serve the food distribution segment of the industry. Produce Pro will benefit from Aptean’s global scale, resources and technological expertise.
Founded in 1990 and headquartered in Woodridge, Illinois, Produce Pro’s enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution is designed to meet the unique, end-to-end, operational challenges of fresh food producers and distributors. Food distribution often involves the receipt and shipment of products with a short shelf life, resulting in a high risk of loss or waste of inventory. Produce Pro’s platform helps its customers meet this risk and other complexities, including food quality and safety requirements, pricing fluctuations, dependency on supplier relationships and complex inventory management by supporting traceability, increasing visibility and improving efficiencies across the supply chain.
“Aptean is excited to expand our purpose-built software offerings for the food and beverage industry to support the unique needs of produce and perishables distributors,” said Bob Kocis, President, Americas at Aptean. “Distributors play a vital role in the food industry, connecting growers and manufacturers with the food service businesses that will ultimately transact with consumers. The talented team at Produce Pro understands the specific requirements of these companies and is committed to the success of its customers. Like Aptean, Produce Pro’s business is focused on delivering value through industry-specific solutions and together we will continue to help our customers operate more efficiently and profitably.”
Software Equity Group (SEG) served as the exclusive advisor to Produce Pro Software.