Produce dealers point to strong foodservice business - The Packer

Produce dealers point to strong foodservice business

10/30/2013 03:28:00 PM
Jim Offner

Cleveland has seen more independent restaurateurs open for business, particularly downtown, in recent years, Sirna said.

“For years, if you did a concept franchise with multiple units, they’d open two or three new ones, but we’re not seeing the growth in that,” he said.

All of Ohio’s markets are seeing growth in the foodservice sector, in various formats, said Jarrod Clabaugh, communications director with the Columbus-based Ohio Restaurant Association.

“Growth in the industry appears to be happening in many of our major metropolitan markets, particularly among smaller, independent operators,” Clabaugh said.

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