Who We Are
In 1910, Belair Market was a small produce stand in downtown Baltimore, owned and operated by Maurice “Mollie” Berman. Fast-forward 108 years, and we’re still serving the finest, freshest produce in the area. Here’s how we got here.
Maurice’s son, C. Nelson Berman, Sr., started working with his dad at the stand in high school. He became president of the company in the 1950s when his father retired. As the nifty 50s came to a close, retail produce operations across the country were beginning to feel competition from the change in the public’s shopping habits. Nelson stayed ahead of the curve, transforming Belair Market into a wholesale operation and changing our name to Belair Produce in 1961. We supplied fresh produce to ships in port, restaurants, hospitals, foodservice institutions and clubs. Upon his retirement in 1982, Nelson’s son Buzz took over as president of Belair. Under the leadership of the third generation of Bermans, we’ve doubled our business.
We’re still delivering fresh produce to the region, as well as an extensive line of specialty and gourmet items via Watermark, our specialty foods division.
Like many other industries, foodservice has gone through many consolidations, buy-outs and mergers in the last twenty years. We’re proud to say we’re family owned and operated, and we’re going to keep it that way. Today you can find Belair’s produce in restaurants, hospitals, clubs, catering facilities, convention centers and schools throughout the mid-Atlantic. Our fourth generation is ready at the helm, and we’re poised to continue our growth for another 108 years.
Our Office —
7226 Parkway Drive
Hanover MD 21076
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.