Drought puts pinch on local suppliers in Michigan - The Packer

Drought puts pinch on local suppliers in Michigan

11/15/2012 04:22:00 PM
Jim Offner

Nobody got “wiped out” by the drought, which was a blessing, said Nate Stone, chief operating officer at Detroit-based wholesaler Ben B. Schwartz & Sons Inc.

“There has been a limited supply of Michigan asparagus, a limited supply of blueberries, a limited supply of apples, but it’s just like with any other category, if it rains in California, you use strawberries from Florida,” he said.

For apples, Michigan’s loss is Washington’s gain, said Tom LaGrasso, owner of LaGrasso Bros. Inc., a Detroit wholesaler.

“We’re just relying more and more on the Washington crop as opposed to having the local Michigan offering, which is an issue that affects certain customers that are price-sensitive,” he said.

For those for whom the shipping costs are a concern, other fruits may have to fill the bill, he said.

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