Atlantic Potato Distributors Ltd. was founded in 1993 by Ralph & Nancy Hanscome; together they have created a family owned and operated business with 45 years experience in the potato industry. The initial business started as a potato brokering company; together they soon realized there was a need for more and have spent the last 25 years creating a successful business that has been recently taken over by their two sons; Mark & Cory.
Mark’s 23 years experience has progressed from working directly within production preparing loads for shipment, transitioning to overseeing the food safety program while creating the CPIQ Manual now used by 23 Canadian packing establishments and over the last ten years become steadily more involved in the sales for the company. As the new president and CEO Mark’s goal is to continue to build on his parents legacy by obtaining additional business that will compliment the current accounts which will allow the company to thrive in the industry. Mark is joined by his wife; Jennifer who manages the administration side of the business, residing in the Perth-Andover area with their two sons; Evan & Jackson.
Cory’s mechanical background has made the two brothers the perfect pair for operating a packing warehouse with the ability to work directly within production overseeing all aspects to ensure orders are shipped on time, every time. Cory’s 20 years experience allows him the ability to plan production while Mark obtains additional business. Cory’s wife Kari is an active part of the family business, also residing in the Perth-Andover area with their four sons; Ryan, Brandon, Patrick and Callum.
Together the two brothers hope that their sons will one day take over the family business and continue providing fresh flavorful quality product.
Investing in innovation and automation over the last six years has led the company to being recognized with an NB Innovation Award, Loblaw Produce Vendor of the Year, featured in several editions of the Canadian Business Magazine and most recently named as one of the TOP 40 Produce Vendors for Loblaw.