Bob Corey and the Produce Corner
You might say that produce runs through Bob Corey’ s veins. After all, the Corey’ s have been involved in produce for centuries. First, in Lebanon, where the family grew and sold grapes, pomegranates and figs for hundreds of years. And, most recently in America, where they’ve marketed fruits and vegetables since 1895, in West Virginia and beyond.
Born in Charleston, West Virginia in 1947, Corey began working at the family produce stand at age five, sweeping floors, arranging displays and counting change. From then on he spent many of his after school hours helping his father and two brothers as the business expanded.
After graduating from the University of Tennessee in 1970 with a bachelor's degree in marketing, he served in various sales management capacities with Carnation Company, but still stayed involved in the family business.
By 1978, the needs of the family operation drew him home where, along with his brothers, they expanded Corey Brothers, Inc., from a local service produce operation to the five-state distribution center it is today.
Corey’ s TV career spanned 23 years, when he was asked to do a local news insert on produce for the ABC affiliate in Charleston in 1982. Since then and more than 3,000 segments later, "The Best of The Produce Corner" is now available for you to enjoy on YouTube and this site!
The Produce Corner with Bob Corey was nationally syndicated and the first pure produce vignette to air on Food Network from 1996-1999, introducing the produce industry to food TV.
With his down-to-earth approach and natural enthusiasm, Corey entertained viewers with information and ideas about familiar fruits and vegetables and was at the forefront in introducing new items coming to market. Sharing a wealth of tips, techniques and inventive recipes accumulated over his many years in the business, while emphasizing good nutrition, Bob Corey was and still is instrumental in delivering the good news about produce to hungry Americans.