Ethnic, organic fresh produce markets expand in Chicago - The Packer

Ethnic, organic fresh produce markets expand in Chicago

12/12/2011 10:48:00 AM
Bruce Blythe

He said his company is on a consistent program supplying to grocery chains including Jewel-Osco, a unit of Supervalu Inc.

“We’re finding new customers,” Chmelovsky said “As the ethnic population grows, our sales are going to grow.”

Organic produce also maintained robust growth this year, according to Chicago produce merchants.

Goodness Greeness, a Chicago-based organic produce wholesaler, had “a pretty good year,” with sales up by double-digits, in percentage terms, from 2010, according to company president Bob Scaman.

Prices for many of Scaman’s products declined substantially, helping lift sales, he said.

Among specific products, Scaman said his packaged herbs have sold particularly well, reflecting people cooking at home and experimenting more with food.

Nationwide, organic food and beverage sales rose 7.7% in 2010, to $26.7 billion, according to the Organic Trade Association.

Organic fruit and vegetable sales rose nearly 12%, the trade group said.

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