Retail, foodservice retain high demand for fresh produce in Baltimore area

08/01/2011 10:22:00 AM
Dan Gailbraith

“They’re changing the patterns of what they’re doing as they will be eating somewhere.”

Cefalu said he sees supermarket sales remaining fair, too.

“Foodservice seems to be holding up,” said Dave Goodman, president of Sid Goodman & Co. Inc., Jessup.

“You have busy weekends, then they have slow weekdays, like everyone else.”

Gus Pappas, president of Pete Pappas & Sons Inc., Washington, D.C., said he thinks retailers are enjoying greater sales because more people are dining at home.

“We have once again seen resurgence in the staple items, the nuts and bolts produce,” Pappas said.

“Yet, the grocery chains have limits on what they can do. If they have a late truck or a rejection on their end, they have to replace it. They definitely have a floor and a ceiling price as to what they will pay.”

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