Los Angeles foodservice business boasts a slight rebound

07/16/2012 02:08:00 PM
Tom Burfield

Business at Interfresh Inc., Orange, Calif., is split between foodservice, retail and distributors, said president Chris Puentes.

Restaurant sales have been down during the past couple of years, as have retail sales, Puentes said. He has heard reports that business is picking up slightly, but he’s not sure that everyone has felt a giant bounce back.

Interfresh finished a berry promotion with Souplantation restaurants in June.

Consolidated West Distributing Inc., Commerce, Calif., sells mostly specialized items to foodservice, said Joel Young, an owner of the company.

Progressive Produce Corp., Commerce, is doing more foodservice business, said Jack Gyben, vice president and partner.

The company has worked for the past few years to create consistently performing frying potatoes for foodservice — a fresh program that now is available year-round.

“We really haven’t noticed a drop off,” Gyben said.

That might be because the company ships high-demand products like potatoes, onions, chilies and Hispanic fruits and vegetables, he said.


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