What we do
We are a family-owned and operated food importer and distributor based in Auburn, WA. From our Auburn warehouse we direct-deliver along the I-5 corridor, from the Canadian border south to Eugene, OR. Through cooperative relationships with a number of distribution partners we also cover geographic areas outside of our direct delivery region, including the West Coast, Alaska, Hawaii, Idaho, Montana, and northern Wyoming. Our second warehouse, located in Moonachie, NJ, serves as a storage, cutting, and distribution facility for regional and national accounts across the US.
Who we are
We are people who are passionate about food, family, and a job done well and done right.
We are a family-oriented company with loyal, dedicated employees who work as a single, cohesive team to service you in the way we believe is right: dependable, flexible, fair.
We truly walk the walk when it comes to offering top-notch customer service, and our people are empowered to use their own good judgment to make decisions based on situational circumstances in the interest of providing the best possible service. We are proud to be known as "the one that takes care of the customer".
We believe that if we take care of our customers and suppliers they will respond in kind, and we pride ourselves on our reputation for conducting business in a way that demonstrates integrity and true partnership.
Where we started
Our company was founded in 1947, beginning as an importer of Scandinavian cheeses–which at the time was an underserved niche in the local marketplace. Our original location was in the Queen Anne neighborhood of Seattle, WA. Over time, our business expanded to meet growing awareness and demand for a larger variety of imported specialty cheeses from Europe.
In 1985, owners George and Chuck Lyden moved the company from the city of Seattle to our current location in Auburn, WA. The Auburn location is a state-of-the-art warehouse and production facility designed by George and Chuck to meet our specific operational needs as a specialty food distributor, offer maximum flexibility and efficiency, and provide ample space for future growth.
As a mainstay in the imported cheese industry, we have developed strong long-term relationships with leading European suppliers large and small, and these relationships have allowed us to bring unique and exciting new products to the US market. In response to the needs of our growing customer base, we have gradually expanded our product selection beyond imported cheeses and now source cheese and other specialty food products locally, domestically across the US, as well as internationally. We work closely and in partnership with our vendors to bring viable, innovative products to our customers that meet demand and embrace food trends.
Today, the Peterson Company is a leading importer of European specialty food products. We are a major regional food distributor in the Northwest and service many regional and national accounts across the US. We own over 180,000 square feet of warehouse and office space and employ just over 200 people in Washington, Oregon, and New Jersey.
Delivering a World of Good Taste