About Us
Who we are
Then. Now. Always.


The relationships with our customers maybe the only thing that exceeds the quality of our fruits and vegetables. That’s the way it all started back in 1965, when Issie and Mary Caviar first sold from their pick-up truck on a Kansas City street corner. Within months they were selling and delivering a growing list of produce items to small retail grocers.

three generations
The Caviar Family

Issie & Mary Caviar

1965-1982 Every great story has a beginning. Ours began in 1965, when Issie and Mary Caviar first sold fresh produce from their pickup truck on a Kansas City street corner. Within months, they opened their fruit stand in Kansas City’s historic City Market. They began selling and delivering a growing list of produce items to small retail grocers around the city. With the need for more space they purchased their first residence a few blocks away in a four level 32,000 square foot warehouse. They retired from the business in 1980.


Arnold & Carol Caviar

1982 – Present

Arnold, the eldest son, joined the company full-time in 1971. Arnold and his wife, Carol, purchased the family business in 1982. For years, Arnold and Carol worked side by side increasing revenues annually building the threshold of the thriving business today. In 1994, the Caviars purchased our current 180,000 square foot home and distribution center. The passion the Caviars have for the produce business has blessed them with the ability and opportunity to give back to the greater Kansas City Community. Year after Year their strong support of local charities is testimony to the breadth and depth of their commitment to our community.


Allen Caviar

1991 – Present

Allen, Arnold & Carols oldest son began his lifelong produce career at a young age. At the age of five you could have found Allen relaying barter between his father and their customers at the City Market locations on Saturdays! Allen, now ten took pride in becoming the master freight elevator operator stopping perfectly even with the floor and working in the warehouse. After completing his studies Allen now had more than memories. Allen has worked in every position from warehouse, transportation, sales, and purchasing. Having learned every aspect of the operation first hand now makes him ideal for his current position serving as Liberty Fruit Company’s President. The Liberty Fruit legacy continues with three generations of the Caviar family.


Allison Caviar

1996 – Present

Allison, Arnold and Carol’s youngest child, attributes her earliest memories to time spent around her family’s produce company. Throughout her formative years, Allison channeled her creative energy serving as the director and sole member of Liberty Fruits “Art and Crafts” department every summer. After completing her studies, she followed in her mother’s footsteps by returning to the company to assist in its day-to-day clerical operation. Today, Allison is a pertinent part of Liberty Fruit’s administrative duties, and takes pride in being third generation of the company and carrying on the Liberty Fruit legacy for her family.

Our Team
Meet Liberty Fruit Company

A team that knows your business. Our team has vast experience in the food industry. Our team consists of former chefs, restaurant front/back of the house managers, retail produce managers, and prior positions at other produce wholesale companies with an average of over 20 years of industry experience. They know what is required to run a successful restaurant, retail, and wholesale operation.


Arnold Caviar
Owner, Chairman of the Board (Retired)


John McClelland
Chief Executive Officer


Allen Caviar


Mike Logan
Chief Operating Officer

Johnathan Griffiths
Chief Information Officer

Jennifer Lee
Business Manager


Stacy McCullough
Director of Human Resources

Steve Messina
Director of FSQA


Brett Akers
Director of Warehouse Operations


Bill Ripley
Director of Production Operations


Paul Snyder
Procurement Manager


Andy McAreavy


Kelli Richardson
Procurement Assistant


Shawn Houston
Inbound Transportation Coordinator/Procurement


Bruce Helmich
Sales Manager – Wholesale / Retail


Brian Zenner
Retail Account Manager


Martin Huber
Sales Manager – Foodservice


Steve Nuttall
Senior Food Service Account Manager


David Smith
Senior Food Service Account Manager

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Mike Smith
Food Service Account Manager


Rhoda Damgaard
Customer Service Manager


Ivette Gomez
Human Resource Assistant


Rebecca Braun
Executive Administrative Assistant


James Fouquet
IT Manager


Alynn Gay
Account Specialist


Deb Keating
Accounts Payable Specialist


Keith Rogers
Transportation Manager


Tony Barnhart
Transportation Supervisor


Wayne Huston
Outbound Transportation Coordinator

Edelmira Zavala
Quality Assurance Coordinator

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Clint Fletcher
Quality Control/Receiving Manager

Eco-Friendly at Liberty Fruit
We Recycle
100% of our cardboard, white paper and toner cartridges is recycled!
Heat Reduction
Our reflective white roofing promotes the reduction of the heat island created by large buildings.
Fewer Miles, Fewer Trucks
U.P.S. Logistics Routing System ensures on-time deliveries with fewer miles and fewer trucks.
Reduced Energy
Modern warehouse lighting reduced energy usage.
Green Practices
Our green practices save 424 tons of cardboard and 20 tons of white paper annually from the landfill.
Fuel Efficiency
Our new delivery trucks increase fuel efficiency by 18%.