Pro*Act also expects a big Mother’s Day push for baby squash, haricots verts and other specialty items, Molinaro said.
For Ben E. Keith, newer items expected to sell well for Mother’s Day include ready-to-serve shredded kale and a lettuce blend that’s similar to spring mix but with bigger leaves, Holcomb said.
About one-quarter of American adults typically celebrate Mother’s Day by dining out, and another 10% rely on restaurant takeout or delivery for a Mother’s Day meal, according to NRA data.
Those statistics, Fernandez said, have been ones foodservice purveyors of fruits and vegetables and other items can bank on year in and year out.
“The numbers don’t fluctuate by much year over year,” she said.