Veggie-Forward Dishes Become Trendy

Industry rallies behind movement of produce from side dish to center of the plate.

By Mindy Hermann, RD

James Beard award nominee Eric Gabrynowicz, who is executive chef and co-owner of Restaurant North in Armonk, NY, embodies the new attitude. “Vegetables are now the stars of the plate more than ever. I get excited about the first Brussels sprouts after the first frost almost as much as I get excited about a whole heritage pig that graces the kitchen doors.” 


Partnering For Success With Fresh-Cut Fruit

Fresh-cut processors play an increasing role in helping retailers meet the explosive growth of the fresh-cut fruit category.

By Jodean Robbins

Ample fresh-cut fruit offerings are a growing staple in today’s produce departments and promise even greater potential in the future. “Fresh-cut continues to be an important part of all retail outlets as we see expansion from conventional supermarkets to C-stores and even drug stores, and it will not stop there,” explains Pat Mele III, chief financial officer at FreshPro Food Distributors in West Caldwell, NJ. 


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.”


Prestigious AMHPAC Members Talk Advancement

(Photo: (Left to right) Óscar Woltman de Vries and Juan Ariel Reyes Rábago, Alfredo Díaz Belmontes)

The Mexican Association of Protected Agriculture (AMHPAC) hosted its 9th annual conference on August 24 – 26 in Cancun, Quintana Roo, Mexico, and it proved to be a success. Fifty exhibitors filled the exhibitor room floors spotlighting their products and services. This year’s conference yielded an increase of participants with a 10 percent year-over-year growth. 


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Produce Business | Floral Business 30 Years
PRODUCE BUSINESS is celebrating its 30th anniversary this year. We thought it would be apropos to reach out to produce veterans in retail who also have 30 years of experience in the industry so they could share their wisdom and provide food for thought on the future. Each issue of PRODUCE BUSINESS this year includes another viewpoint from a produce enthusiast, so enjoy these Q&A’s with more to follow.

Craig Carlson Craig
Ed Corvelo Ed
Bob DiPiazza Bob

Dave Diver Dave
Brian Gannon Brian
Don Harris Don

Michael Mockler Michael
Tom Murray Tom
Mike O'Brien Mike

Roger Pepperl Roger
Jim Richter Jim
Randy Scott Randy

Jeff Shilling Jeff
Dick Spezzano Dick

Steve Williams Steve
Joe Watson Joe
Will Wedge Will


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