US Foods Holding Corp. Goes Public 

Fresh ‘Green’ Currency Hits New York Stock Exchange

By Mira Slott

In a brief, reflective moment of ironic calm in the early morning of May 26, 2016, PRODUCE BUSINESS finds Pietro Satriano, president and CEO of Rosemont, IL-based US Foods Holding Corp., inconspicuously standing solo across from the New York Stock Exchange. He is observing the star-studded chefs representing US Foods’ independent restaurant customers. They are hurriedly prepping menus along the 50-foot line restaurant kitchen it recreated beneath the NYSE façade draped in a huge US Foods banner. Not long from this time, Satriano would be ringing the opening bell to thunderous applause on the trading floor for the company’s initial public offering, which raised $1.02 billion in proceeds.


Parkside 23

From Farm To Table To Table In Farm

By Chris Auman

The Milwaukee suburb of Brookfield lies just west of city in Waukesha County. It is in this town with a population just under 40,000 that you’ll find a unique twist on the farm-to-table concept.

Launched six years ago by the DeRosa Corporation, which operates 10 restaurants in southeastern Wisconsin, Parkside 23 offers a very literal interpretation of fresh, seasonal and locally sourced: guests can actually see the farm where much of their seasonal ingredients are sourced. In the summer they can eat right there in the field. 


‘Hot’ For Produce

Fruits and veggies are vital drivers in South Florida’s economic boom.

By Keith Loria

If one were to take a microscopic look at the headlines of South Florida’s media coverage through the decades, one would see everything from drug wars, to sports championships, to hurricanes, to booming growth of high-rise architecture. In fact, during the past 25to 30 years, surprisingly to some, the area has become one of the most popular places for businesses to set up shop.

And while you may not have seen much produce featured in the stories on ’80s TV favorite Miami Vice, it was about that time that many of today’s successful South Florida produce companies started to make their way to the region, creating a cornucopia of produce excellence.


Sendik’s Food Market Nears Century Milestone

Quality, community and service are the touchstones to the retailer’s longevity.

By Chris Auman

Many of Milwaukee’s retail companies, like the wholesalers that service them, have deep roots in the area with ownership passed down to new generations. Sendik’s Food Market is one such local independent that has thrived in the city. They branched out with 13 locations to serve Milwaukee and surrounding communities from Hartland to the west; West Bend to the north; and south to Franklin. This year marks Sendik’s 90th anniversary. Even as they celebrate this achievement, the company is developing plans to open several new locations.


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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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