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Local Address: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Ole Tyme Produce Inc
92-98 Produce Row
Saint Louis, Missouri 63102
United States

Company Description: Ole Tyme continues to supply Old Warson, which Murphy said is a testament to the company's consistency, but he shops from two produce companies, to assure he can...   more

Employment History


  • Reed College
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Joan Daleo, owner of ..., 31 Jan 2009 [cached]
Joan Daleo, owner of Ole Tyme Produce in St. Louis, MO, attributes much of her company's 109 percent growth in the last five years to being chosen as a diverse supplier. "They sought us out," said Daleo.
Ole Tyme Produce, 25 April 2012 [cached]
"We wanted something unique on our fleet of trucks that coincides with our message of fresh and natural," Ole Tyme president Joan Daleo said.
As Joan Daleo sat down for an interview, she recited from memory a client's order -- ticking off what was going to the restaurant, what truck it was on and the number of cases. That level of detail is necessary to survive in the highly competitive food distribution business where margins of 1 percent are common, said Daleo, who is president of Ole Tyme Produce.
"This isn't a game about money. This is a lifestyle," said Daleo, who returned to St. Louis in 1996 to help her father, Joe Daleo, with the company.
Still, Daleo said the business is almost as perishable as the fruits and vegetables it delivers.
Daleo is among the few women running such a supply business locally.
Key executives: Daleo, 42, is president of a family limited partnership that owns Ole Tyme.
Joan Daleo is the only family member working in the business full time.
Joan Daleo had been working in the mergers and acquisitions unit of PacifiCorp, a West Coast utility, after she graduated from Reed College in Portland, Ore. Originally, she was returning to St. Louis for a finance fellowship at Washington University. She did not win the fellowship, but took a job with Ole Tyme while she pursued an MBA at Washington University at night.
Revenue: Sales were $12 million for 2004. Daleo said she watches case counts on deliveries as much as dollars, usually pushing to deliver between 12,000 and 15,000 cases a week.
"Restaurants, hotels, hospitals, clubs and caterers demand the freshest produce and specialty products possible, and they need to be able to access and track the availability of their produce when it is convenient for them," said Joan Daleo, president of Ole Tyme Produce.
Ole Tyme Produce, 25 April 2012 [cached]
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Change and competition are nothing new ..., 19 July 2011 [cached]
Change and competition are nothing new to Joan Daleo, president of Ole Tyme, whose family has owned and operated the business since her father started it in 1973.
"In order to continue to grow, we have to ratchet up our efficiencies," Daleo said.
Growth also necessitates space - which is limited at Produce Row, she said.
"There are established dimensions here," Daleo said.
For example, Produce Row "wasn't built with the idea of the modern floor jack in mind," Daleo said. "When it was built in the 1950s, everything was done by hand."
With a new location, Daleo envisions many improvements that are difficult to employ at Produce Row, such as sealed floors, galvanized racking, wider aisles and better, more efficient cooling systems that will improve food safety. She also wants to see more organized product movement within the building.
"We could have much better flow and less cross-traffic if our produce goes to storage and then out that end of the building," Daleo said, referring to the storage room area in the back of the building Daleo said she worries about the labor market in St. Louis.
"We don't have a huge labor base in the city," she said. "A move elsewhere could have the benefit of attracting more employees."
Despite such concerns, Daleo said Ole Tyme will probably not move outside the Interstate 270 ring, an expressway loop encircling St. Louis.
If the move proceeds, Daleo will have to part with a significant portion of Ole Tyme's history.
After all, this is where Joan Daleo went with her father each Sunday morning as a child to help out around the building.
"I would leave every Sunday at 5 or 6 in the morning to go in the truck with dad to Produce Row," Daleo said. "I'd sweep the parking lot, clean the bathrooms, stack fruit, clean the office and paint signs that would say 'red grapes, two bucks a pound.' The rain would always wash the writing off the signs, so I'd have to go back over them."
Daleo will always have those childhood memories. But change has been an agent of growth in Ole Tyme's history.
She is optimistic that the company's move to a new location will usher in an era of increased prosperity - a phase in Ole Tyme's history that forges new memories without relinquishing the ones from its past on Produce Row.
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