Expansion – Present

After rebranding, Pocono ProFoods continues to grow in both territory and scale to position itself as a culinary-driven broadline foodservice distributor. When other companies took a step back, Pocono took a step up. To emphasize the culinary approach that drives the company, Pocono adopted the philosophy – We move the food Read more…

Evolution – 2000s

Unfortunately, founder Edward K. Driebe passed away on January 1, 2005. His presence and vision are missed, but his legacy continues to live on as the company has continued to expand. Third generation family members were added to fill key positions within the company. In 2013, Pocono Produce Company was Read more…

Leadership – 1990s

Edward K. Driebe remains chairman of the board as second-generation family members, Terrence B. Snyder and Rosemary Driebe Olofsson, were named president and executive vice president. As the new millennium was approaching, Pocono came to the forefront by adding fresh meat and protein to the inventory and began operating out Read more…

Growth – 1980s

Throughout the 80’s, Pocono Produce also expanded to meet multiple segments of the foodservice industry. Fresh seafood was introduced in 1983. In 1984, a 330,000 cubic-foot freezer was added to meet demand. A modern sales training center was added with a fully-equipped test and demonstration kitchen.

Development – 1960/1970s

By 1964, Pocono Produce Company added groceries to its expanding line of fresh and frozen and continued to enlarge its freezer capacity. In 1966, the company joined Frosty Acres. Pocono Produce became a full-service distributor in 1976 by adding paper products and janitorial supplies to the inventory. By 1978, an Read more…

Opportunity – 1950s

With the construction of a new facility at North Fifth Street in 1954, Ed Driebe broke ground with the “new” Pocono Produce Company on June 3, 1955. With an already established high-quality fresh line, the addition of frozen foods allowed new opportunities for expansion. By 1956, another freezer was added Read more…

Start – 1940s

In 1940, Ed Driebe and wife, Mary, moved to Stroudsburg to operate the Park Market. Ed’s brother, Jim, started Pocono Produce Company. Five years later, Ed purchased Pocono Produce from his brother. Eight years later, he relocated to a larger facility with more space, different loading and unloading requirements, and Read more…

Origin – 1920/1930s

The Driebe family opened a fresh fruit and produce market, The Park Market, in downtown Scranton. Ed Driebe’s sister Mary and her husband opened another Park Market in 1927 at the corner of 6th and Main Street, 45 miles away in Stroudsburg, PA.

The Beginning

It all began in 1903 with a wholesale banana business in Scranton, PA. Kahlil Driebe, father of Ed Driebe, and his brother Tom expanded their banana business to distribute fresh fruit and produce to East Stroudsburg’s numerous local resorts. Delivering via a team of mules pulling a wagon, this was Read more…