Value-added products keep distributor busy - The Packer

Value-added products keep distributor busy

05/22/2009 04:06:40 PM
Ashley Bentley

Hannigan said most of J&J’s fresh-cut goes to Cub Foods, a Supervalu chain.

“They’re got their hands full, and we presented the idea of doing this and taking it to the retail level,” Hannigan said. “We’re really going to rotate, really help manage growth in that category.”

J&J’s Michigan growers expanded their acreage by at least 450 acres across the board this year, Hannigan said. The company expects to have more peppers, watermelon, tomatoes, beans, sweet corn, melons, cucumbers, peas, raspberries and strawberries.

The company is also contracting growers for the first time this year in order to create a more sustainable supply chain, Hannigan said.

“People can count on us for profitable volumes,” he said.

J&J operates The Produce Exchange in the Midtown Global Market in Minneapolis.

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