Hurricane Isaac spares produce

09/06/2012 09:19:00 AM
Andy Nelson

Some groves in Pennsylvania received 1 to 2 1/2 inches of rain from Isaac, said Brenda Briggs, vice president of marketing for apple and stone fruit shipper Rice Fruit Co., Gardners, Pa.

More rain was forecast in early September, but the effects were expected to be minimal, Briggs said.

“It might interrupt harvest a tiny bit, not nothing really to report.”

Louisiana wholesaler weathers storm

As Isaac raged outside, one New Orleans area wholesaler kept its doors open and its fruits and vegetables moving.

Westwego, La.-based Matrana’s Produce kept going thanks to an investment in an industrial-grade power generation system, said Jeff Joseph of Visalia, Calif.-based Mineral King Produce LLC, a longtime supplier of Matrana’s.

“I was shocked to learn that his facility was up and running through the hurricane without missing a beat,” Joseph said.

Matrana was able to maintain product integrity through the storm and to resume deliveries just hours after it, Joseph said.

“(Vice president Camile Matrana) and his crew went back to the facility and refueled the generator while the storm was ongoing,” he said. “It’s a testament to the citizens of New Orleans and the vital role local businesses provide in bringing them together.”

Eastern Editor Doug Ohlemeier contributed to this article.


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