Who We Are

Belair Produce was founded in 1910 as Belair Market by Maurice "Mollie" Berman. Belair sold fresh produce to the public in downtown Baltimore, MD. Maurices son, C. Nelson Berman, Sr., began working with his dad while still in high school and became president of the company when his father retired in the 1950s. As the 1950s came to a close, retail produce operations were beginning to feel competition from the change in the public?s shopping habits. Sensing the ebb of change, C. Nelson Berman, Sr. transformed Belair Market into a wholesale operation, incorporating and changing the name to Belair Produce in 1961. The company began supplying fresh produce to ships in port, restaurants, hospitals, foodservice institutions and clubs. Upon his retirement in 1982, his son, C. Nelson "Buzz" Berman, Jr. succeeded him as president of Belair Produce. Under the leadership of this third generation of Bermans, the company has doubled its business. Today, Belair not only distributes fresh produce, it offers an extensive line of specialty items via Watermark, its specialty foods division.

As with many industries, foodservice has gone through consolidations, buy-outs and mergers in the last twenty years, but Belair Produce is still a family owned and operated company. You?ll still find Belair?s produce in restaurants, hospitals, and clubs, but they also deliver to catering facilities, convention centers and schools throughout the mid-Atlantic. As the fourth generation takes command of some of the day-to-day operations, Belair Produce is poised to continue its growth for another 95 years.

Belair In The Community



Belair Produce is represented by Rob Mumma as a Board member for the Restaurant Association of Metropolitan Washington ~ Rob is also the Vice-Chair, along with Dave Moran of Clydes Restaurant Group to The RAMMYS ~

Presented by the Restaurant Association Metropolitan Washington (RAMW), The RAMMY Awards Gala honors the exceptional ability and accomplishments of the hard-working individuals and organizations of the Washington, DC region’s restaurant and foodservice community. Named the #1 Food & Restaurant event by BIZBASH Magazine since 2008, The RAMMYS celebrate one of Metropolitan Washington’s greatest assets: its restaurants! A RAMMY Award has become the most prestigious award presented to members of the restaurant food and beverage industry in the Washington Metropolitan region. In addition to being a celebratory evening, The RAMMY Awards is the largest fundraiser for RAMW with support from generous sponsors and in-kind partners. Event sponsors neither vote nor influence the policies and procedures of The RAMMY Awards.


Rob Mumma also serves on The Finance & Business Management Council, where they focuses on a range of business issues impacting companies within the produce industry, such as financial and strategic business planning, family business and estate transfer, financing and investment, human resources issues such as insurance and health care, and other critical business functions.


Belair Produce is represented by Rob Mumma at The Maryland Comptroller's Business Advisory Council.  This forum meets quarterly to advise Peter Franchot on tax, economic and business issues. The Council serves as a collective voice of experience on issues that affect Maryland's economy, business climate and general impact throughout the region.