Restaurant sales booming
The foodservice business is growing in the area, Simas said.
“We have a tremendous reputation, as far as quality, service and value, and if you have those three things going, you’re going to grow,” he said.
South Dennis, Mass.-based Ring Bros. Wholesale operates a wholesale business and two retail sales operations, said Ed Ring, owner.
“Both parts are strong, but the wholesale business is changed, with 25 kinds of lettuce and 25 types of tomatoes,” he said.
The retail business also has expanded its offerings, he said.
“In my little department here, there were over 650 items just in our produce department, where 30 years ago, there was 200 at the most,” he said.
Convenience is a business driver, too, and fresh-cut fruit sales have gone up, Ring said.
“People are busier, or think they are, and they want a good quality product that’s ready to go,” he said.
Ring said one of his retail shops has a Stop & Shop grocery store across the street.
“They do a nice job, but we do everything we can do. It’s our niche,” Ring said.
That niche is to do things that aren’t practical for bigger players to do, Ring said.
“They sell Green Giant bagged beans. We bag our own, and we bag our own brussels sprouts, squeeze our own orange juice fresh every morning, do fresh fruit baskets per order,” he said.
The service makes a difference, he said.