The company enjoys strong retail sales during the spring and summer local growing season, he said.
“Retail sales are competitive and you really have to come to the table with all the programs the retailers are looking for as it relates to food safety,”
Panagakos said. “Sometimes, it’s a challenge getting some of the smaller local growers up to speed but we help them with all the paperwork.
“Though they have large warehouses, the retailers look to us because it’s hard for them to get try to track local lines of product from Long Island, New Jersey, Connecticut and Massachusetts.”