Matrana’s Produce Inc. is family-owned and operated in Westwego, LA.
Before Matrana’s Produce became one of the largest southeastern produce distributors in Louisiana, it all started with CJ Matrana who was born and raised on a farm in Nine Mile Point. Mr. CJ started working at the very young age of nine years old plowing the fields, driving a tractor and planting locally home grown produce all before he went to grade school each morning.
Mr. CJ farmed until he was eighteen years old, then he purchased his own truck at 19 where he was self-employed hauling watermelons and selling them to local grocery stores. During the winter months he operated his own 18 wheeler for numerous brokerage companies where he developed a love for the road.
In 1977, Mr. CJ and his wife Mrs. Naida decided to build a fruit stand where they sold fresh fruits and vegetables seven days a week. All six of their children worked at the fruit stand where it evolved from retail to becoming a wholesale delivery produce company.
In 1984 Mr. CJ and Mrs. Naida outgrew the fruit stand and purchased the property at 201 Louisiana St. in Westwego where they expanded the facility from retail to a full-line of fresh fruits and vegetables distribution center.
Currently, Matrana’s has six (6) coolers which are climate controlled to keep produce fresh. The company has a receiving area which consists of three bays and a large shipping area consisting of six bays.
Matrana’s Produce, Inc. has two large generators that run our complete facility in the event of a power outage, hurricanes or any other disasters. This enables us to keep our produce fresh and delivered to our customers. Matrana’s Produce does not store any of its products outside of the warehouse. This prevents us from NEVER breaking the cold chain.