A snowstorm which blanketed most of the Northeast didn’t cause many disruptions for produce distributors.
The Jan. 2-3 winter storm dumped up to two feet of snow on parts of New England and western New York, halted traffic and forced numerous airport cancellations but didn’t cause as many distribution problems.
Wholesalers on the New England Produce Market in Boston and the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx, New York, said the storm mainly slowed business.
The storm delayed things but didn’t paralyze deliveries, said Peter John Condakes, president of the Chelsea, Mass.-based Peter Condakes Co. Inc.
“It just slowed everything down,” he said. “We have a couple of good orders from some distributors and a chain store because they missed their trucks and were looking for some restocking. The streets are clear enough. The number of our customers is way down, which is to be expected.”
Condakes said all his employees made it to work, but schools were closed, and authorities encouraged people to stay home. Massachussetts state employees were given the day off, which kept business demand low.
On the Hunts Point market, Alfie Badalamenti, vice president of Coosemans New York Inc., said the storm put a damper on business.
Major thoroughfares were closed. The Bronx and Long Island regions were expected to receive 10-12 inches of snow but only had 3-4 inches, he said.
“The storm wasn’t as bad as we thought,” Badalamenti said. “Some people panicked and thought it would be a very bad blizzard. Many customers didn’t show up to the market, but the market opened, was clean and everything went well as usual. We lost some business because the media scared the people.”