US seafood wholesaler that pivoted to delivery honored for working conditions

Farmers & Fishermen Purveyors, a meat and seafood processor and wholesaler, was this week named one of the “2020 Best Places to Work” in Atlanta, Georgia, by The Atlanta Business Chronicle. 

Undercurrent News reported in April how Farmers & Fishermen Purveyors, a business started in July 2019 by long-time meat distributor Kirk Halpern, pivoted after losing a significant number of restaurant orders amidst the coronavirus to focus on home delivery. To save the operation and some 35 jobs, employees agreed to take on different tasks, he recounted for Undercurrent

Top sales staff became telephone operators. A human resources officer began processing credit cards while working out of her home. 

Halpern said Friday that he was honored to be identified among about 150 other leading Atlanta businesses, finding his startup in the small company (10 to 49 employees) category. A virtual ceremony is being planned for Sept. 24.

“Our goal is to grow together through this pandemic and that means putting our employees first and creating alliances with other food services,” he said. “Our employees are our frontline workers and we call them ’employee partners’. When we are able to hire new employees, we try to hire their family members and put them back to work. While we continue to serve our restaurants, who are operating by curbside service and delivery, our employees recognize the importance of prompt customer service and building relationships who can trust and count on us.”