“On specialties, we take care of any request retailers want, whether that be pomegranates or stone fruit,” he said.
“For the white-tablecloth restaurants, we provide them baby carrots, white turnips, edible flowers, orchids, the list goes on. Anything doing with oddity or colorful sizes, we try to have what chefs are looking for.”
Coosemans distributes to customers south to the Georgia-Florida border as well as into Alabama, Tennessee, South Carolina and North Carolina.
Athena Farms in Forest Park deliberately limits its distribution to the greater Atlanta metropolitan region.
The foodservice distributor services upscale and fast-casual restaurants, caterers, hotels, country clubs and other customers throughout the city.
“That’s been one of the secrets to our success,” said Robert Poole, junior partner and vice president of sales.
“We don’t have to go everywhere. We kind of pick and choose where we deliver. Sometimes you have to learn how to say no.”