ABOUT US

Our History, Our People, Our Brands

From a paper and tobacco products distributor to a leading total category total channel; ours is a story of record growth. We manage over 5,000 products including refrigerated, produce, frozen food, groceries, snacks, candy, wine & spirits, fragrances, health & beauty, household and tobacco. PRSG drives category growth.

Origins

A family-owned business, our story began in 1945, when Nathaniel Pasarell and his son Charles M. Pasarell started Puerto Rico Supplies as a paper and tobacco distribution company.

The company remained so, until Edwin Pérez joined the business as president and managing partner in 1998, when he started a strong portfolio diversification with the acquisition of Borden Foods and an extensive infrastructure expansion to become a top food distributor.

Continuous Growth Track Record

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1945: OUR GREAT STORY BEGINS

Our great story begins with Nathaniel Pasarell and his son Charles.

1956: CHARLIE PASARELL

Charlie Pasarell becomes President of Puerto Rico Supplies (PRS).

1957: Newport

PRS acquires distribution rights for Newport brand from Lorillard Tobacco.

1998: EDWIN PEREZ AND BORDEN FOODS

Edwin Perez joins the company as President and Jr. Partner. PRS acquires Borden Foods.

2001: D’JESCO

PRS acquires D’Jesco brands which include Country Crock, Lean Cuisine & Stouffer’s.

2005: PONCE CANDY

PRS acquires the distribution of Ponce Candy brands such as Charms, Fiesta & Arcor.

2006: PUERTO RICO SUPPLIES GROUP, INC.

Edwin Perez acquires the total shares of PRS evolving into Puerto Rico Supplies Group, Inc.

 

2006: F. PONT FLORES AND CARIBBEAN SNACKS

F. Pont Flores and Caribbean Snacks brands are bought.

2007: FERRERO

PRSG takes over the distribution of Ferrero in supermarkets, pharmacies and stores.

 

2008: ALBERTO CULVER

PRSG acquires the distribution of Alberto Culver beauty products.

2008: SIMPLY

Simply brand of products is launched.

2009: GLAMOUR CORPORATION

PRSG buys Glamour Corporation becoming the largest prestige fragrance and cosmetic  distribution company in Puerto Rico.

2009: JOHNSON & JOHNSON

PRSG acquires the distribution of Johnson & Johnson in select distribution channels.

2010: “THE ARK”

Inauguration of the state of the art warehouse “The Ark”.

2011: CARIBBEAN SNACKS & MORE

Start up of our first manufacturing plant Caribbean Snacks & More.

2011: BACARDI & UNILEVER

PRSG adds the distribution of Bacardi and Unilever’s brands.

2012: ROLAND AND THREE STAR MATCHES

PRSG becomes the distributor for Roland and Three Star Matches.

2013: AGRO PRODUCE

PRSG acquires the assets of Central Produce El Jibarito and opens Agro Produce; its new division for fresh fruits and vegetables.

2013: VLASIC

PRSG acquires Vlasic from Pennacle Group.

2014: AGRO BANANA Copy

Acquisition of several farms under the company Agro Banana gives new depth to our business.

 

2014: SC JOHNSON

PRSG adds the distribution of SC Johnson brands.

 

2015: RJ REYNOLDS TOBACCO CO. AND IMPERIAL TOBACCO

PRSG adds to its tobacco portfolio Winston, Salem, Pall Mall and Camel brands becoming the largest cigarette distributor in PR.

2016: MONDELEZ

PRSG acquires the distribution of Mondelez iconic chocolate, biscuits  and chewing gums. 

 

2017: ROCÍO

PRSG strengthens its home care portfolio acquiring Rocío paper products and the distribution rights for Bingo detergent brands.

2017: GRANUTS

PRSG acquires the distribution of Granuts from Nutresa.

2018: HERSHEY’S, HASBRO AND MARGO FARMS

PRSG acquires the distribution of Hershey’s, Hasbro and Margo Farms brands.

2019: PANAMERICAN GRAINS DISTRIBUTION

PRSG adds the Down-the-Trade and Horeca distribution of Gasolina, Fireball, Vita Coco and other brands from Panamerican Grain.

2021: BRAVADA VODKA

PRSG adds the distribution of Bravada vodka, the first vodka made in Puerto Rico.

Awards & Recognitions

Our industry-leading service has been recognized by commercial chains, key customers and top industry organizations with over 30 awards in the past 20 years. These awards and recognitions acknowledge our excellent customer service and relations, market knowledge and creativeness to improve and evolve their businesses with innovative solutions. Puerto Rico Supplies Group prides itself on being voted consecutively since 2017 as the #1 Distributor, in the Advantage Group International’s Customer Survey for overall top performance. Our demonstrated excellence in management and leadership, customer relations, supplier relations and industry/community contributions will always make us your top choice.

A New Era

In 2006, Edwin Pérez acquired the company and transformed it into Puerto Rico Supplies Group. Backed by his family as heads of divisions, top level executives and the most passionate workforce in the island a new era of dynamic growth began.

Brand acquisitions and partnerships for the distribution of top brands followed and continue to this day including Ferrero, Johnson & Johnson, Bacardi, SC Johnson, Unilever, RAI & ITGB, Mondelez, Hershey, Hasbro and Mattel, among others.

Consequently, the company has built the strongest and widest portfolio with selected health & beauty care products, prestige fragrances, food, wine and spirits, tobacco, home care, salty and sweet snacks and toys.

New Ventures

Alongside, between 2012 and 2014 a new path of diversification commenced by entering in new enterprises such as manufacturing with Caribbean Snacks and More, in fresh fruit and vegetable distribution with Agro Produce and in farming with Agro Banana.

New ventures also started in retail with the acquisition of the Preciosa beauty & cosmetic stores in 2013 and the creation of Toys4Fun in 2018.

Puerto Rico Supplies Group continues to grow encompassing new ventures such as an Export Division and Third Party Logistics Services.

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