Where once it said 'Greenyard Germany', soon a fully-fledged production facility for convenience goods will be created. If everything goes according to plan, the Bremen-based family-owned company Topak Fruchtimporte will move into the former Greenyard building at the Frischezentrum Bremen in early 2020, where a total capacity of 6,000 m2 will be available. A necessary step, says owner Mustafa Topak, because the company is growing at a rapid pace. "The move will triple our capacity immediately," he notes with satisfaction.
View into the former Greenyard hall: The complex is currently being completely renovated. Topak LLC will have a total of 6,000 m2 available, which is a tripling of today's capacity, Mustafa Topak confirmed.
The ambitious production and trading company was founded in 2001 from a small weekly market service, after which a location on the wholesale market was rented. At that time, the Topak family supplied about 5 restaurateurs. "We have progressed step by step and have moved to the same site three times over the years", said Mr Topak on the rapid development of the company. In recent years, a number of existing companies have been taken over, including the customer base. The next step will soon be taken and the company will move to a completely redeveloped planning and the 6,000 m² production area.
View into the current production site for convenience items. Fresh-Cut has been the company's trademark for many years.
Pleasing growth rates for large consumers
The secret behind the success story? "We decided in favor of convenience at an early stage," Mustafa Topak answers on demand. It started with the in-house processing of cabbage and leafy vegetables. Meanwhile, up to 5 tons per day are manufactured to order and delivered to the gastronomy customers within a radius of 130km. Serving a mixed clientele of the hotel industry, large consumers and other catering customers. "Among the large consumers - such as canteens and kitchens - we notice the largest increase, mainly because of the large staff shortage. Even with the smaller restaurateurs, we see considerable growth rates."
Mustafa Topak is the ambitious CEO at the helm of the family business.
Need for processed organic goods
Particularly in a competitive environment such as convenience trade, it is necessary to respond promptly to social trends and developments. "We supply a growing additional assortment, such as Dairy and TK products. Currently, processed organic products are also very much on the rise, especially in the Bremer school catering. "By 2025, the entire fresh assortment for day care centers to be switched to organic. "Budgets are limited, but we think it's possible. Of course we will also supply cheap products such as potatoes and stalk vegetables in organic quality."
A look into the business of Topak LLC.
Delivery vehicles are on the road every day to serve restaurateurs and large consumers in the Bremen environment accordingly. The delivery area of the company extends to Wilhelmshaven and Hannover.
Efficient packaging management
Another trend that is hard to avoid is the need for sustainable packaging management. Also in the gastro delivery this development is quite concise, observes Topak. "At the same time, one constantly asks for small packages. We prefer large packaging because we can save more material. We also work with an efficient deposit system: this means that the boxes used are taken in a separate plant, washed on site and partly reused the same day."
The company's crate washer.