Past & Present

A Company with Roots

Pictured Above: Revis Combs

Combs Wholesale Produce Company began in 1945 in Winston-Salem, NC when William Revis Combs began repacking and selling tomatoes.

His son, Benny worked alongside his father any chance he got growing up. Benny always knew selling produce was what he wanted to do, so when he graduated high school he came on full time in the family business in 1976.

Together, Revis and Benny set out to grow the company. They added accounts, new produce items and refrigerated trucks to freight their own merchandise as well as offer new delivery routes, further expanding their reach.

Pictured Above: Benny Combs and Ben Combs

Their dedication and success allowed for them to buy land and build a 22,000 square-foot facility in 1978 that included a tomato repack room and 11 coolers.

In 1980, Revis decided it was time to retire. Benny continued on, running the day to day operations in his father’s absence. In 2008, he purchased W.G. White & Company, adding a full line of W.G. White country hams, candy, beans, peanuts, jar goods and more.

Benny’s son, Ben, graduated in 2013 from Wake Forest University adding a third generation to their family business. In 2014, Combs Produce acquired Winston Tomato Company, which allowed them to offer a full line of glass bottle sodas and Foothill’s country hams to better serve their retail clients.

In 2021, Benny and Ben completed their most ambitious project to date. This state-of-the-art, 45,000 square foot distribution center is located on 11 acres, has 7 refrigerated zones and 14 dock doors to better accommodate employees, equipment, delivery trucks, new product lines, as well as our customers and vendors. It also allows space for expansion to ensure that any future needs can easily be incorporated.

Sadly, Revis passed away in 2001, but his dreams, values and legacy live on with his son and grandson. Benny and Ben remain dedicated to Revis’ vision of providing quality produce at the best price, so that their customers can continue to thrive in an ever changing market.