About Columbia Fresh

Dewight Hall formed Columbia Fresh Produce, Inc. in 2002, after a number of years working within the Apple industry. His mission was simple: create a company that could grow at a steady pace while meeting the needs of his growing customer base. As time went on, his knack for serving customers, working with fruit packing companies, and walking fields with growers, demanded a more rigorous mission. The customer base was growing, and their requirements were increasing. Attention was turned to “gaps” within the industry.

It was soon determined that controlling the logistics (moving produce from its location to the customer) would greatly increase the company’s ability to grow. In 2005, a freight brokerage was purchased (now known as Columbia Fresh Transportation Services ) and Columbia Fresh gained the ability to control how and when trucks were moving produce.
It was soon determined that owning orchards and having the ability to pack fruit would further improve the company’s service to its customers. A 130-plus acre cherry and apple orchard was purchased just south of Kennewick WA, and with it, a small packing and storage facility. Formerly known as Cherry Ridge Farms, it operates today as Columbia Fresh Packing.

Columbia Fresh Produce is able to grow, pack, sell, and ship product to an ever-growing customer base. While this supply chain allows increased sales of northwest grown fruits, the majority of what we move is grown and shipped in the population-strong Eastern half of the United States. Many days each year are spent walking through fields, inspecting produce, and providing new outlets for growers and shippers of a wide variety of commodities, from sweet potatoes in North Carolina to carrots in Ontario, Canada. Columbia Fresh Produce, Inc., along with the offices of Columbia Fresh Transportation in Portland, OR and Denver, CO and the orchard and packing operations in Kennewick, WA employ over 20 full and part-time associates plus numerous seasonal employees. How can we serve you?

Our Core Values

  • Honesty: At Columbia Fresh Produce, we believe that honesty will always prevail. We are always given a choice, and to choose other than honesty would be a detriment both to us and to those we serve.
  • Integrity: The question for us is never “what is the easiest solution,” or even “what is the best solution,” but always “what is the right solution?”
  • Work-Life Balance: We realize that family is the heartbeat of our lives, and at Columbia Fresh, family comes first. While we cannot require our team members to put family at the top of their list, we always encourage a family friendly environment that allows both time and space for family.
  • Relationships: While we pride ourselves in the product we provide for our customers, we have neither our customers, nor the supply of product without strong, healthy relationships. We see every relationship as the key to our success.
  • Our Vision: “To be the preferred provider of produce in America.”

Our Team

Dewight Hall, CEO

Dewight Hall

Sales & Owner
(509) 593-5121
Robin Owens, Administrative Assistant

Robin Owens

Administrative Assistant
(509) 593-5120