Our Story

The Clouthier Family started farming tomatoes and peppers in the Sinaloa Valley over 60 years ago. Soon after, they opened San Rafael Distributing—a sales company in Nogales, Arizona. In 2004, Francisco Clouthier opened a wholesale company in Los Angeles and in 2007 Maui Fresh International (MFI) was created.

Maui Fresh has built and maintained relationships with local and national food service companies, retailers and distributors by providing quality produce and a variety of services. We pride ourselves on deep relationships with regional growers around the globe, which allows us to ensure we are always getting the best products at the best prices. In addition, Maui Fresh employees bring extensive experience in the produce industry – from the fields to the warehouse and every job in between. We not only know the industry inside and out, but aim to deliver the very best to clients.

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Who We Serve

From small to large, whether you are local, regional or span across the country, Maui Fresh is here to provide exceptional service and quality produce.

 

We work directly with clients and also support food service distributors that service (locally and nationally) hotels, restaurants, schools (including colleges and universities), cruise lines and independent retailers with quality produce.

Our Team

FRANCISCO CLOUTHIER

Owner

Cell: (520) 841-0796

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: franciscoc@mfresh.com

TULIO CORTEZ

Sales

Cell: (213) 422-5253

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: tulioc@mfresh.com

STEPHANIE LOPEZ

Sales Assistant

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: stephaniel@mfresh.com

ERIC MEDINA

Sales - Organic Produce

Cell: (213) 604-5921

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: ericm@mfresh.com

JEFF OSUGI

Sales - Specialty Tomato

Cell: (213) 725-4340

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: jeffo@mfresh.com

MARCO RAMIREZ

Warehouse Manager

Office: (213) 788-7800

Email: marcor@mfresh.com

RONALD RUIZ

QC Manager

Office: (213) 788-7800

Email: ronaldr@mfresh.com

SUZI ARENTZ

Office Manager

Cell: (714) 608-2202

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: suzia@mfresh.com

KENIA AYALA

A/P Assistant

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: kenia@mfresh.com

JULIE OGATA

A/R Assistant

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: julieo@mfresh.com

ROCIO AGUILAR

Sales Manager

Cell: (310) 488-5378

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: rocioa@mfresh.com

FRANCISCO (JR) GARCIA

Sales

Cell: (562) 551-2181

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: franciscog@mfresh.com

ABEL MEDINA

Sales - Greens Department

Cell: (213) 604-7974

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: abelm@mfresh.com

JOHN MEERT

Sales - Melons

Cell: (949) 282-9971

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: johnm@mfresh.com

RANDY AKAHOSHI

Business Development

Cell: (213) 709-6443

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: randya@mfresh.com

SELENE MARTINEZ

QC Assistant Manager

Office: (213) 788-7800

PHIL ARENTZ

Food Safety Manager

Cell: (714) 606-7684

Office: (213) 788-7800

AMY GIATPAIBOON

A/P Manager

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: amyg@mfresh.com

SIMON LEE

A/R Manager

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: simonl@mfresh.com

BRENDA GARFIAS

A/R Assistant

Office: (213) 688-0880

Email: brendag@mfresh.com

“We’re in the biggest fruit and vegetable growing state,” says Francisco Clouthier, founding owner of Maui-Fresh International, Los Angeles. “We’re also within two hours of the Mexican border and 10 hours from Nogales, AZ. We have access to the ports and are within 20 minutes of Los Angeles International Airport; and we also bring in produce from Western Canada, which is two days away by truck. Los Angeles has become a hub for destinations that don’t have access to the produce we do.”

 

This strategic location makes the Los Angeles Wholesale Market a convenient place for smaller retailers to source an incredible variety of the world’s produce. “The small retailers, with from one to 10 stores, buy heavily in the Wholesale Market,” says Clouthier. “Not only do we sell items at the Wholesale Market, we also offer consolidation services. We are able to bring in produce from many different growing areas.” Some major retailers have also come back to relying more on the Wholesale Market, according to Clouthier. “I’ve been here going on 18 years, and I’ve seen it change and then change back,” he says. “We supply a lot of chain stores that moved to centralize their buying at distribution centers and then changed back to getting more from the Wholesale Market.”  

 

- Produce Business, October 2017