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Local produce works well with Big Apple distribution

05/23/2014 03:59:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Cochran supports many local growers and sells a lot of local produce, particularly during the summer, Cochran said.  

The local movement is helping produce consumption, said Joe Granata, director of produce for RLB Food Distributors LP, West Caldwell, N.J.

It’s also spurring the construction of rooftop greenhouses in urban areas.

“It has really kept produce up at a high level,” he said. “We are seeing more of these greenhouses. Everyone’s growing things in hothouses on top of rooftops in the city. They’re growing lettuces and herbs. Local has been a big focus, and it’s really taken off here.”

Local of course only works well with items that are grown domestically.

“We try to procure local produce whenever possible but many of the items we have don’t fit with local programs,” said Bruce Klein, director of marketing for Maurice A. Auerbach Inc., Secaucus N.J. “We are receiving more significant demand for local. I see the demand staying high.”
Auerbach distributes garlic, asparagus, ginger, shallots, baby potatoes and onions.

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