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Independent groups dominate Minnesota foodservice

05/24/2013 01:46:00 PM
Jim Offner

Schools are becoming more active customers, too, some suppliers said.

“That’s strong,” said Tom Bergin Jr., vice president of Bergin Fruit & Nut Co. in St. Paul.

It’s all part of an active effort to fight childhood obesity, Bergin said.

“Kids are getting more of it in their programs,” he said.

Bergin said his company is distributing product to more school customers.

“We’re expanding our range of districts — pretty much covering two states pretty strong,” he said.

Bergin said his company’s distribution area to schools has expanded from about a 30-mile radius around the Twin Cities to about 200 miles in the past three years.

That growth should continue, he said.

“We’re trying to offer good programs and things that are smart,” he said.

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Planet Earth  |  May, 28, 2013 at 04:00 PM

"Neighboring states like Wisconsin and South Dakota, by comparison, generally pay serving staff $2.18 an hour in wages, he said." - Compared to what?????

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