New York fresh produce sales strong, sources say

02/24/2011 04:06:14 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Paul Auerbach, president of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc., South Hackensack, N.J., characterizes the produce economy as steady.

“This is one of the industries that will kind of buck recessions to some degree,” Auerbach said. “When the economy first got bad, the foodservice business suffered. Now, we find both foodservice and retail have seen some improvements in both sectors. Foodservice is not back but it’s coming back.”

Richard Cochran, president of Robert T. Cochran & Co. Inc., New York, said he’s noticed a change in customer orders.

“I’d say business is off,” he said. “Business was off the last quarter of last year. I’ve seen worse but I’ve also seen better. This is one of those normal ones.”

Joel Panagakos, executive vice president of J. Kings Foodservice Professionals Inc., Holtsville, N.Y., sees foodservice sales rebounding.

“New York City itself is bouncing back pretty strong,” he said. “I heard this past year that tourism is at an all-time high. That’s very encouraging. We are increasing our street business in New York.”


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