About Us
Who we are
Then. Now. Always.

WE ARE FAMILY OWNED

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.

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The Caviar Family
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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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Arnold Caviar
Owner, Chairman of the Board (Retired)

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John McClelland
Chief Executive Officer

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Allen Caviar
President

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Mike Logan
Chief Operating Officer

Johnathan Griffiths
Chief Information Officer

Jennifer Lee
Business Manager

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Jeff Theisen
Director of Operations

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Stacy McCullough
Director of Human Resources

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Paul Snyder
Procurement Manager

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Andy McAreavy
Procurement

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Tom Thompson
Procurement

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Shawn Houston
Inbound Transportation Coordinator/Procurement

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Kelli Richardson
Procurement Assistant

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Bruce Helmich
Sales Manager – Wholesale / Retail

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Curt Graham
Retail Account Manager

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Brian Zenner
Retail Account Manager

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Steve Nuttall
Senior Food Service Account Manager

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Martin Huber
Sales Manager – Foodservice

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Michelle Brancato
Marketing Manager

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David Smith
Senior Food Service Account Manager

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Tim Green
Food Service Account Manager

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Andy Burg
Food Service Account Manager

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Rhoda Damgaard
Customer Service Manager

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Ivette Gomez Human Resource Assistant

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Rebecca Braun Executive Administrative Assistant

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James Fouquet IT Manager

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Alynn Gay Accounting Specialist

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Denise Voyles Accounts Receivable Specialist

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Deb Keating Accounts Payable Specialist

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Keith Rogers Transportation Manager

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Tony Barnhart Transportation Supervisor

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Wayne Houston Outbound Transportation Coordinator

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Bill Ripley Mary’s Pride General Manager

Edelmira Zavala Quality Assurance Coordinator

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Donald Bryant Receiving Manager

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Shayne Wilson Safety Manager

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Tracy Brown Quality Inspection Manager

Brett Akers Day Warehouse Manager

Fundraising
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT
Since its inception, the Liberty Fruit Golf Tournament has raised approximately $4 million for local charities

2018 Charities
Eco-Friendly at Liberty Fruit
OUR GREEN INITIATIVE
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%.
Contract Hauling

Liberty Fruit has one of the most up-to-date over the road trucking solutions on the road today.  Our trucking operation hauls products to customers throughout our market area, but also hauls freight for many others – and those others could include you!  If you would like to learn more about or contract hauling solutions, please contact Alynn Gay at 913-281-5200 today!