John French, owner of Produce Brokers of Arizona in Phoenix, said the foodservice sector has stabilized.
“I think it’s probably steady, for right now,” he said. “It came down drastically, but right now, it seems to be steady.”
The restaurants that have survived have learned to adjust to the tougher conditions, said John New, president of Phoenix-based Grand Avenue Produce.
“We’ve got a lot of really big chain accounts that we do, and some still aren’t back to the numbers that they were pre-2009, he said. “Others have made some changes. You know, they’re all fighting for the same dime.”