“I think that more restaurants are placing a larger focus on produce today than they have in the past years,” he said.
Economics play into that scenario, he said.
“As commodity prices are driving up the cost of the center-of-the-plate items, produce has truly become more of a focus,” he said.
Nutrition is a major focus in foodservice, said Bill Schuler, president and chief executive officer of the Wilder, Ky.-based Castellini Group, one of the largest produce distributors in the region.
“I think it’s the same trend you see nationally, and that’s the focus on eating healthier,” he said, citing increased volumes of produce choices in schools, as well as restaurants.