In many cases, the amount of the guest checks have not rebounded to pre-recession levels, but suppliers say foodservice sales generally are strong.
“Business here has been pretty brisk,” said Clark Jacobsen, produce manager for Restaurant Depot, St. Paul. “It seems like all the restaurants are packed all the time.”
Minneapolis-based G.O. Fresh Inc. was able to weather the recession because the company does business with a variety of restaurants, said Marylou Owen, owner and chief operating officer.
While business fell off a bit at some fine-dining and mid-priced restaurants, sales were up at fast food places, she said.
Finally, social media is beginning to take hold in the Twin Cities market, especially among companies that deal with consumers.
“People are adjusting to change,” said Phillip Brooks, chief executive officer at H. Brooks & Co. LLC, New Brighton, Minn. “They’re trying to find what’s going to be instead of what was.”