Fresh Tomatoes: How Special Is The Price?
By Bob Johnson
There is tremendous variation in the prices within the fresh market tomato category.
“When it comes to tomatoes, many consumers will pay more for quality,” says Lucky Lee, vice president of sales for Lucky’s Real Tomatoes, Brooklyn, NY. “It’s not necessarily size or appearance, it’s a tomato that tastes like a tomato, and it costs more to achieve that goal. Continued increases in sales have shown that consumers will pay more to serve a great-tasting, healthier tomato to their families.”
Restaurants & Retail: Who Influences Whom?
By Chris Auman
Many of the same trends of convenience, health, locally sourced and organic are found throughout both foodservice and retail. Does one influence the other more, or are both driven by consumer demand? And what does that mean for the produce industry?
Wendy’s Snags Inaugural ‘Fresh In Produce’ Award At 2016 Ideation Fresh Foodservice Forum
By Kayla Young for PRODUCE BUSINESS
While white-tablecloth restaurants may set the pace for fresh produce trends, industry leaders recognize the momentum-driving power of quick serve restaurants (QSR). Through widespread success of salads and other fresh menu items, chains such as Wendy’s have proven that the produce possibilities for QSR extend far beyond tomatoes and fries
Don’t Underestimate The Power Of Fresh Herbs
A magnet for produce, they have tremendous potential for increased sales.
By Barry Sparks
Fresh herbs account for only 2 to 5 percent of produce sales, according to Chick Goodman of Christiansted, Virgin Islands-based Coosemans Worldwide, Inc., but that figure belies their importance.
“Fresh herbs are a first-destination item,” adds Goodman. “Fresh herbs are on the top of the list for home chefs and cooks. To cook fresh, you need herbs. And, that type of consumer will select a store based on its herbs.”