Balancing those two demands can be very tricky, he said, since they often conflict.
When Condakes takes into consideration freight, food safety and all the other input costs distributors must deal with on a daily basis, there’s only one conclusion he can make regarding the future of the industry.
“At some point the cost of these things is going to be rolled into the cost of the product,” he said. “It’s the only way for companies to survive.”
That could also involve a re-thinking of the term “staple,” he said.
“At some point you wonder if our products will become luxury products,” he said.