About Us

Back in 1997, John Sonnendecker needed to figure out a way to earn some extra money to support his growing family.


He stumbled upon an opportunity to sell Costa Rican fresh herbs to Triangle area restaurants. In order to keep his product cool, he stored them under his house in the crawl space and delivered them in his 1990 Jeep Laredo. As time went on and relationships started to build, John added mushrooms and specialty lettuces to his product line. He quickly realized the need for walk-in cooler space, so he rented a 10x10 cooler, just big enough for two stacked pallets. He soon had a legitimate wholesale produce company.


In memory of his father, who was affectionately known as Papa-Sonn (the elder John Sonnendecker), John incorporated his new company and Papasonn Produce was born!


Now, 23 years and 6 kids later, Papasonn Produce is still growing strong. We offer a wide variety of products, competitive pricing, and customized service all over the Triangle!