Produce distribution remains strong in Atlanta, Southeast - The Packer

Produce distribution remains strong in Atlanta, Southeast

06/21/2013 10:00:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Robert Poole, junior partner and vice president of sales for Athena Farms in Forest Park, said business remains steady.

He said 2012 was a strong year and said the foodservice distributor is seeing favorable sales.

“The way we look at it, just because the pie may be getting smaller, it doesn’t mean my slice of it has to get smaller,” Poole said. “Even if the whole market has decreased, it doesn’t mean a company couldn’t have a bigger share of what’s leftover. There are people with money spending it. We just have to figure out who they are.”

Chris Garmendia, general manager of Produce Exchange of Atlanta Inc., Forest Park, among others, said fresh produce business isn’t improving fast enough.

“Personally, I haven’t seen too many improvements in the economy here,” he said. “In the news, they say it’s improved, but I haven’t seen any changes. I wouldn’t say it’s strong.”

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