Mike Cochran, sales manager and vice president of Robert T. Cochran & Co. Inc., New York, described sales as disappointing.
“Produce sales have been OK, but it’s been a little slow,” he said. “It’s probably due to the economy being a little slow in the region.”
Produce sales to restaurants remains strong, said Joel Panagakos, a salesman for J. Kings Foodservice Professionals Inc., Holtsville, N.Y.
“A lot of the chains are competing very heavily against each other but many of the independent guys have taken advice that companies like ours have been giving them through the years on new menu ideas that we offer in our food shows, like the up-and-coming food trends,” he said.
“The independents are really getting on board and are doing well.”