“We pack it here, so we’re able to offset, if (New Jersey production) is a little late,” he said. “It’s how we’re able to switch in to take care of retailers.”
Leafy green volumes were down at the start of the deal but picked up by early May, Nardelli said.
Nardelli Bros. leafy greens category as a whole was largely unchanged from 2012, though the company did report increases in production of some ethnic items, including cilantro and methy leaf.
Cilantro, in particular, Nardelli said, has gotten to the point where it’s less an ethnic item and more an everyday item.
After the slow start, Formisano Farms, Buena, N.J., was in full production on romaine, red and green leaf, swiss chard, kohlrabi, basil, dill and cilantro in mid-May, president John Formisano said.
“Everything’s going well now,” he said.