Locally grown in short supply for Chicago produce operators

12/13/2013 12:27:00 PM
Tom Karst

Gaglione said independent retailers over time have shifted their product mix as they target their offerings to changing neighborhoods.

“The customer base itself has been constantly moving toward the Hispanic and Asian customers,” he said.

Of the total Chicago metro-area population of 9.46 million in 2010, the U.S. Census Bureau reported 21% were of Hispanic or Latin origin, with Asian ethnic heritage accounting for 6% of the total.

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