Sunbelt Natural Food is a food distribution company owned by the Florida Conference Association of Seventh-day Adventists which now distributes to Health Food Stores, Institutions, and food service businesses throughout the Southeastern and Mid-Atlantic States in USA and the Caribbean.
Its’ beginnings date back to 2002 when the demand of vegetarian alternative products increases in Florida and the Caribbean. Through the advice given from Don Otis (Kellogg’s National Sales Director for Specialty Foods), the formation of Sunbelt Natural Foods took place. It was Gerald Bond, General Manager, and Bruce Otis, Associate Manager, respectively, for the Florida Adventist Book Center who undertook this challenge. During those early years Bruce Otis made deliveries with his own pick-up truck until the first truck was purchased. Thereafter the territory of Mid-Atlantic was added (PA, NJ, DE, MD, VI, WV).
Time marched on and under the leadership of Pablo Ayala, General Manager of the FL ABC, during the year 2008 Sunbelt purchased a warehouse facility in Hagerstown, MD. Time continued to march and high demand required four new delivery trucks, new employees, and warehouses (Miami).
In December 2013, Sunbelt became officially incorporated as a for-profit-organization having to untie itself from the Florida Adventist Book Center but totally owned by the Florida Conference of the Seventh-day Adventists. Duane Rollins became the first President and CEO and Pablo Ayala was named the Secretary/Treasurer CFO for Sunbelt Natural Foods Distributors, Inc. In 2014 a 30,000 square feet property was purchased for its Corporate Offices and warehouse in Apopka, Florida.
Presently Sunbelt Natural Foods has 2 warehouses, a truck fleet of 6, and 12 employees. Some of the vendor we represent are Bragg Live Food Products, Inc., Cedar Lake Foods, CHS, Crystal Geyser, Dismat Corporation, Earth Island, Garden Protein International, Ginseng Up Corporation, Heritage Health Foods, Kellogg’s Sale Company (Loma Linda, Morningstar Farms, Worthington), Vance’s Foods, Vege-Usa and several others.
The Lord has blessed throughout the road already traveled and it is the Management sincere desire to continue submitting to His guidance in order to provide our customers with an alternative choice of foods that will honor their bodies and minds for the Glory of our God who is soon to come.
The Company is committed to serving our customers with amazing service and the best health food products in the market. Our Vision and Mission are:
- With our suppliers we want to build and sustain fair and honest relationships and be trusted.
- With our customers we want create long lasting relationships of trust, integrity, customer satisfaction and loyalty.
- With our associates we want to inspire a nurturing work environment by acknowledging the value of each person contributes to our company. With our community and God we want to partner with them and support them economically and make a meaningful contribution to the quality of life. And at the same time honoring God with every decision we make and encouraging suppliers, customers and associates in having a relationship with Christ.