Through retail consolidation, the emergence of produce in big box stores, an increase in distribution centers and direct supermarket buying from grower-shippers, wholesalers remain indispensable.
Close contact with the wholesalers and their produce serves to ensure quality, especially freshness...
“Some of the large supermarkets are coming back to the market; one came by yesterday saying they were thinking of coming back,” says Francisco Clouthier, owner of Maui Fresh International, Los Angeles. “The large markets thought they were saving money, but sometimes it’s just leading to more costs. There’s a lot of walk up at the market. That’s why we’re still down here.”
Read the full article published by Produce Business to learn more.