Niche restaurants seek local, fresh produce - The Packer

Niche restaurants seek local, fresh produce

05/28/2014 10:25:00 AM
Melissa Shipman


Unique restaurants are popping up all over the Twin Cities, produce suppliers say.

“We see more of those niche restaurants, or specialty boutique restaurants, springing up in the Twin Cities and outlying areas,” said Arthur Quiggle, vice president of Wholesale Produce Supply, Minneapolis.

Quiggle said he’s pleased with those developments.

“It’s refreshing to see those new restaurants,” he said.

Wholesale Produce doesn’t deal as much with those operations directly, however, as most of its foodservice sales go through a distribution center before arriving in restaurant kitchens.

“Demand is growing on the chain side and with the niche restaurants,” Quiggle said.

Adam Gamble, president of Russ Davis Wholesale, Wadena, Minn., said he has seen more local upscale restaurants in search of locally grown produce.

“That’s driving demand a little for locally grown, but not as much as retail because of the sheer volume,” he said.

The juicing craze is another healthy eating trend that Fred Haberman, co-founder of Urban Organics, St. Paul., Minn., believes will affect the overall produce consumption of the area.

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