She said the commission can’t afford to travel across the country to visit independents so NGA is the best way to make those connections.
Richard Bird, grower and salesman for Beekist, San Diego, said this was the company’s second year to exhibit at the show. He was promoting the company’s plans to add California grapes to its offerings this year when he spoke with retailers.
Focus in some communities is shifting away from chains and toward independents, said Jody Okamoto of Melissa’s Produce, Los Angeles. This was the third year for Melissa’s to have a booth at the show and Okamoto said growth opportunities with independents are obvious.
“We have one independent in Las Vegas that carries 400 of our SKUs (stock-keeping units)” Okamoto said.