Peter Truitt

Peter Truitt

Peter Truitt is President of Truitt Family Foods, a business he formed with his brother David in 1973. They represent the third generation of a food processing family who are recognized as leaders in bringing quality and innovation to the industry through the development of thermal processing techniques in modern, low-profile packaging materials. These products and packages are in use at commercial and non-commercial food service businesses, at retail, and with a cross section of clients that contract with the company for production. In 2008, he moved the company into non-seasonal production of beans, including pinto, black, kidney, garbanzo, and navy beans. From the beginning, this product line has been Food Alliance certified for responsible sourcing and handling and has grown under the company brand at foodservice and retail every year. Simultaneously he led a lean and strong effort to expand the market for the company’s brand at both foodservice and retail, produced by the company’s modern packaging facility. Like the bean products, this category has grown every year throughout recent years, including the recent “recession” years.  During the past 30 years, Mr. Truitt has served on a number of boards and advisory councils, including the Board of Directors for the Northwest Food Processors and the business advisory council for the Food Innovation Center in Portland, an Oregon Department of Agriculture establishment to assist entrepreneurs in bringing new food products to market. Since 2008, he has also served on the Business Advisory Council of Food Alliance, the nation’s largest and most comprehensive auditor and certifier of farms, ranches and handlers for sustainable practices. He is driven by the need to uncover hidden value. (Salem, OR)