San Diego Business Journal

Families Merge, Create $4B Meat Empire

Food Distributor’s Right Moves, Product Brought Co. to Big Merger By Sarah de Crescenzo Originally published May 15, 2017 at 9:20 a.m., updated May 15, 2017 at 9:20 a.m.
   

Kevin Leavy, left, and Jay Leavy expect to bring in $4 billion in sales since merging Harvest Food with another family run operation, Sherwood Distributors.

Kevin Leavy, left, and Jay Leavy expect to bring in $4 billion in sales since merging Harvest Food with another family run operation, Sherwood Distributors. Photo by Jamie Scott Lytle.

HARVEST FOOD DISTRIBUTORS

Founded: 1989

CEOs: Jay Leavy and Earl Ishbia

Headquarters: National City/Detroit

No. of local employees: 220

Pounds of protein distributed per week: 35 million

Sales in 2016: $1.6 billion (Harvest) and $2.1 billion (Sherwood)

— The Leavy family knows their meats...

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