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Whole Foods Market logo

“PRESENCE Marketing believes in ‘good and sustainable business practices for both people and the planet’  this closely aligns to Whole Foods Market mission to Nourish People and the Planet.  Over the years the team at PRESENCE has helped and continues to support suppliers that help us achieve our mission.  I appreciate the PRESENCE team for coaching and being there for suppliers as they strive to achieve their mission while providing great product to our consumers.” – Dan Epley, Vice President Dry Grocery, Whole Foods Market

Dan Epley, Vice President Dry Grocery, Whole Foods Market
National Co+op Grocers logo

PRESENCE approaches business partnerships with an abundance of passion and professionalism that pulsates across the organization. Their deep knowledge of the natural and organics industry along with their trend forward vision and investment in talent arms them with the tools to achieve success. Throughout our 20+ year relationship, PRESENCE has always been there with us as our industry has transformed and we’ve enjoyed the growth and development we’ve accomplished together. It has been our experience that they care about the business and will go the extra mile to meet the needs of those they serve. PRESENCE has definitely contributed to the viability of NCG co-ops and for that, we are grateful.

Heidi Traore, Supplier Relationship Development Manager, NCG
RightRice logo

PRESENCE has been an incredible partner with us. Their relationships, category analytics and leadership in retail store presence makes them the premier broker in the industry. Together, we have been able to grow RightRice from inception to the leader in veggie rice alternatives. It starts with their people and they have some of the best in the industry!

Andy Logan, VP Sales, Right Rice
KeHE logo

At KeHE, our goal is to connect the right brands with the right retailers to help our partners succeed in the marketplace. Having an ally in the industry, such as PRESENCE, is a crucial piece of the distribution puzzle. PRESENCE seamlessly bridges the relationships of their suppliers with KeHE and our retailer partners, which is evident in each party’s success. Helping all aspects flow smoothly, from headquarters to field sales, they are dedicated to investing in strong relationships.

Michael Renkosiak, Director of Sales Enablement, KeHE
Organic India logo

I have had the pleasure of working with many great brokers over the years, and PRESENCE has consistently been one of the best. At the end of the day broker execution and collaboration is key for any brand’s success, and you won’t find a better partner than PRESENCE. I have relied on their excellent communication and outstanding in-store execution for years to achieve my goals.

Ori Ornstein, VP of Sales, Organic India
Independent Natural Food Retailers Association (INFRA) logo

There has never been a time in my career that PRESENCE wasn’t a part of my day, from working as a retailer, to now, as part of a trade association. The team’s professionalism and acumen, coupled with their unique understanding of independent grocers, create a partnership that INFRA will value now and in the future.

Nick Auzenne, Director of Purchasing, INFRA
Traditional Medicinals logo

I have been in the natural products industry for 25 years across several companies and every single brand I have worked for was either already represented by PRESENCE or I subsequently moved the brand’s representation to PRESENCE. Bill Weiland and Milt Zimmerman and their amazing team have for decades set the industry’s gold standard for broker representation of natural products. No one is better. Whether you are a start-up or an established brand like Traditional Medicinals you will be well represented by PRESENCE. They make the effort to know everything about your products and bring the same passion and enthusiasm to their retail sales calls you would expect from a company founder. Every company’s most precious and valuable asset is their brand’s reputation. PRESENCE knows and respects this and is a company you can always trust with your brand. I stake my reputation on that. Traditional Medicinals was one of the first five brands ever represented by PRESENCE and we are just as thrilled to have their team represent us today as we were over 25 years ago.

Blair Kellison, CEO, Traditional Medicinals
GoMacro logo

We at GoMacro have tremendous respect for our PRESENCE partners. The team is thoughtful, professionally skillful, committed and engages with us in a friendly and collaborative manner. Always enthusiastic to ensure that our objectives and goals are met. Our partnership with PRESENCE continues to enhance our brand.

Doreen Gubernat-Hogan, National Senior Sales Director, GoMacro
Weleda logo

PRESENCE is a great partner of Weleda’s. Their industry knowledge and commitment to help grow and expand the Weleda line within the Natural and Conventional channels make them a true strategic partner. Thought leaders in the industry, we at Weleda rely on PMDP for their advice and guidance on all things Natural Industry related.

David Laugen, Vice President of Sales – North American, Weleda
BADGER logo

When Badger started 25 years ago, PRESENCE was instrumental in launching our new brand in the natural industry. Each person we have worked with over the years has enthusiastically learned about our company and become passionate brand ambassadors, and we wouldn’t be where we are today without this key partnership.

Emily Schwerin-Whyte & Bill Whyte, Family Owner and Co-CEO & Founder, W.S. Badger Company, Inc.
The Humble Co. logo

I’ve had the pleasure of working with PRESENCE for over a decade. Their team is the best in the industry and they hold themselves to a high standard when choosing which brands they will represent. The first business I worked on with PRESENCE was Burt’s Bees where we took a brand that had been declining for 10+ years at Whole Foods and brought it back to positive growth within 2-3 years. I’ve also worked with PRESENCE on the Soy Vay Teriyaki brand, Brita water filtration brand, Kingsford charcoal brand, and most recently for The Humble Co., an eco-friendly, socially responsible, dental care brand. What sets PRESENCE apart from the rest is; deep category and retailer specific insights, on-trend guidance, highly capable team from Sr. Mgt to the feet on the street.

Richard D. Hewton, Vice President of Sales North America, The Humble Co.
The Daily Crave logo

I have been in the specialty and natural food business as a distributor and broker for the past 37 years, so I have worked with many brokers in my lifetime. The most impressive brokerage company that I have ever worked with is PRESENCE. They have the most professional top-notch individuals that truly care about our business and have the experience and know how in order to make it happen. It starts from the first day and the first meetings and continues at every level of the company. We are so proud to have them represent us and look forward to many wonderful years ahead.

Hassan Alireza, Founder-CEO, The Daily Crave
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Sunset Strategic Brands, an outsourced and shared sales organization, has partnered with the PRESENCE Organization to build and scale 9 different companies across conventional and natural channels. We enjoy working with their organization as everyone is focused on driving sales and doing what is right for each brand. PRESENCE has a great group of people, with vast experience, that truly partner with us to ensure we have the right go to market strategies across all the retailers to help build brands. The PRESENCE team are true professionals and problem solvers, ensuring each brand that we work on collectively have the best chance for long term success. We enjoy their winning attitude and the success they deliver alongside our team.

Ken Messick CEO, Jerry Edel COO, & Don Perella CFO, Sunset Strategic Brands
NaturalNSO logos

On behalf of the NaturalNSO team, we wanted to endorse and highly recommend the PRESENCE organization for all customary broker, customer and retail services performed. In addition to their experience and track record in the Natural Channel, their openness and commitment to win together is best in class. From an Executive leadership perspective I find it seamless to keep strong lines of communication/relationships flowing while having fun selling some great brands and products.

Christian Crescitelli, Head of Sales, NaturalNSO
Natural Products Expo logo

PRESENCE has consistently been a strong and valued partner for New Hope Network and the Natural Products Expos.  We’re honored to work with such a dedicated team who brings together our community with their diversified services and high standards, promoting sales and connections throughout our industry. Thank you, PRESENCE! 

Lacey Gautier, Group Director, Natual Products Expo
KeHE logo

KeHE has proudly worked with PRESENCE for many years, and throughout that time, we have created a strong partnership that empowers suppliers to thrive in the marketplace. With a deep understanding of KeHE’s network, processes, and policies, along with active involvement in our evolution, they support suppliers in successfully navigating distribution. PRESENCE actively works with our Category Management team to align on Roadmap Planning, ensuring their supplier’s go-to-market strategy will drive growth. Along with collaborating with the Category Management team, PRESENCE has created partnerships at all levels throughout the organization to provide critical input on KeHE’s shows, events, KeHE CONNECT Supplier™ platform and more to ensure supplier success.

Katie Paul, Senior Vice President of Category Management & Growth Solutions, KeHE
Internicola Consulting Group logo

Over the years, I have worked with PRESENCE on many different projects and all of them have been a true business success. Their company has a strong northern star filled with ethical business practices that provide you a trusted business partner. Their expertise in natural personal care space is second to none, they know each customer’s needs and requirements which will help you plan at the account level and close the sale. They have the right people, the right organization, the right skills with the right business processes to build brands.

Michael J. Internicola, Managing Partner, Internicola Consulting Group
Fresh Thyme Market logo

From start up to 70 store chain PRESENCE has been a been an incredible partner and has shown the astute ability to meet our needs as the business continues to grow and evolve.

Jonathan Lawrence, Senior Director of Grocery & Natural Living, Fresh Thyme
Jovial Foods Products logo

PRESENCE truly feels like an extension of our own team which is the highest marks you can give a broker. Their values related to sustainability, passion for food and passion for the industry align with ours in a way that has helped drive our growth. The PRESENCE team is actively involved in shaping our strategy and support all the way to execution. The resources they provide and dedication to achieving our goals has made them our most important partnership.

Matthew McCarthy, Vice-President, Sales, Euro-USA Trading Co. Home of jovial foods & bionaturae
Natural Products Consulting Institute logo

There’s a lot of decent brokers out there but I think where PRESENCE really shines are things like in-store execution. There’s a lot of people who can make a good headquarter call… that might have equally good relationships, but in terms of executing at store level, making things happen – getting those products cut in on the shelves, making sure they’re priced correctly, building displays – doing all those  kinds of things have been huge.

Bob Burke, Natural Products Consulting