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Michael Levin, a Lithuanian Immigrant, begins to sell bananas off the back of a horse drawn wagon in the Society Hill section of Philadelphia. The picture here is of one of the original horse drawn wagons used by Michael Levin. The wagon now sits on display at the Pattison Avenue warehouse.
Atlantic Fruit Company supplies M. Levin with ripening rooms along Dock Street to ripen their bananas for them.
A sign hanging at M. Levin’s Banana ripening cellar door at our location on Dock Street. This is the site where Michael Levin, the founder of M. Levin & Company, Inc., first began ripening.
Leon Levin, front center, Michael Levin on the far left, in Miami on a ship carrying Bananas into the Port from Cuba and Haiti.
Members of the Levin family circa 1950. Pictured from left to right are: Martin Levin (2nd generation – father to David and Michael Levin and grandfather to Margie Fischman and Sarah Levin), Albert Levin (2nd generation), Ida Levin (Michael Levin’s wife), Florence Segel (Joel Segel’s mother and Brenda Segel’s grandmother), Ralph Levin (2nd generation) and Leon Levin (2nd generation – father to Mark Levin and grandfather to Tracie Levin). Martin, Albert, Ralph and Leon were the four brothers that made up the 2nd generation of Levins to work in the family business.
Michael Levin signs documents to begin the building of Levin’s Pattison Avenue location ripening facility. Others pictured from clockwise top right, Mayor Richard Dilworth, R. Stewart Rauch, Jr., president of the Food Distribution Center, Michael Levin and James H.J. Tate, president of the City Council.
This building, built in 1959, is still in use today. It houses M. Levin’s 30 banana ripening rooms and receives carlots of onions and potatoes daily using its rail car siding. At the time, the Philadelphia Regional Produce Market was directly across the street.
Workers at M. Levin’s Pattison Avenue location packing bananas in Levin wooden boxes to be sold.
Bananas hanging in one of M. Levin’s ripening rooms. In the days before bananas were shipped palletized, they used to come in as full stalks. The bananas would then have to be cut apart to be placed in boxes for sale once ripened.
Members of the 2nd and 3rd generation of Levin’s circa the late 1980s in one of M. Levin’s first pressurized banana ripening rooms at their Pattison Avenue facility. Pictured from left to right are: Martin Levin (2nd generation), David Levin (3rd generation), Michael Levin (3rd generation), Mark Levin (3rd generation), Joel Segel (3rd generation) and Leon Levin (2nd generation).
Mark Levin standing on the dock at the old Philadelphia Regional Produce Market in front of M. Levin’s store early morning before the sun came up.
This picture shows the interior of one of M. Levin’s stores in the “old market” on Galloway Street. Take note of the famous M. Levin mural on the wall, sadly the mural couldn’t come with Levin to their new location on Essington Avenue.
The third generation of Levins standing in front of some pallets of bananas in their newly opened Essington Avenue location. Pictured from left to right are: Michael Levin, David Levin, Mark Levin and Joel Segel.
Picture of the interior or M. Levin’s units on Essington Avenue.
A shot of one of M. Levin’s six state-of-the-art ripening rooms installed inside the new Philadelphia Wholesale Produce Market.
Members of the fourth generation of Levins aboard the Dole Chile container ship. The group went to check out a shipment of bananas that they were receiving in. Pictured from left to right are: Sarah Levin, Margie Fischman, Brenda Segel, Tracie Levin and Joe McGowan. Joe McGowan is one of M. Levin’s long-time banana plant managers and ripener.
M. Levin is one of the East Coast’s premier banana and fresh produce foodservice distributors. We service the entire Northeast corridor and are able to put together foodservice programs for any organization. For additional information, or to obtain a full-service quote, please contact us.
At M. Levin’s Pattison Avenue facility we have direct access to a rail car siding that goes right through our building! The rail car access allows for multiple rail cars to be unloaded daily from within the confines of our own facility, protecting our products from the elements as well as providing ample storage space. On any given day loads of potatoes, onions, carrots, apples, as well as other fresh produce can be seen being unloaded. Having access to rail cars within our own building allows M. Levin to be more competitive in our pricing. Our rail car siding is also available by appointment for unloading for others. Please contact us for more information on use of our rail car siding.
M. Levin has been in the ripening business for over 100 years in the Philadelphia area. M. Levin has built 14 state-of-the-art ripening rooms within their facility on Essington Avenue. These ripening rooms allow for M. Levin to ripen and distribute more than 35,000 boxes of bananas per week. With so many rooms available, we are able to provide our customers a product with the exact color (degree of ripeness) that their businesses may require. M. Levin not only offers ripening services for bananas, but they also ripen and condition plantains, mangos, avocados, pears, and tomatoes daily. Contact us, we are your ripening experts!
M. Levin offers delivery services upon request. M. Levin’s fleet currently delivers daily to customers in and around the tri-state area. Please call (215) 336-2900 for details and to see if delivery services are available in your area.