Trader Joe’s operates a handful of stores in the Twin Cities, after entering the market three years ago with two locations. Whole Foods has two stores, Rodmyre said.
More diversified marketplace
The trend the past five to ten years has been diversification in the retail marketplace, Gamble said.
“Hispanic, Asian, African markets have popped up,” Gamble said. “Generally, they serve a very small community. They’re not necessarily new. It’s been a trend here just like anywhere else in the country.”
The diversification has opened up opportunities for some specialty produce distributors, Gamble said.
“This market has a very strong co-op presence, and we have a strong presence in those stores,” said Simcha Weinstein, marketing director for Bridgeport, N.J.-based Albert’s Organics, which has a distribution facility in Mounds View, Minn.
Albert’s Organics works with Outpost, Willy Street, Lakewinds, New Pioneer, Everybody’s Whole Foods, Seward, Selby Mississippi Market, Fresh and Natural, Open Harvest and Linden Hills. The company also works with Super Target stores for a select number of organic products.