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Foodservice business updates

12/18/2012 09:03:00 AM
Tom Burfield

Chuck Olsen Co. eases Yuma shipping

The Chuck Olsen Co., Visalia, Calif., is consolidating loads in Indio, Calif., said Jeff Olsen, vice president.

“It makes it easier to load from Yuma, Ariz.,” he said.

Tanimura & Antle expands Artisan line

Salinas, Calif.-based Tanimura & Antle Inc. now offers washed-and-ready Artisan lettuce for foodservice, said Chris Schuck, foodservice salesman.

The product was developed in response to clients looking for a bag to open and serve, said chief executive officer Rick Antle. Each case contains three to six varieties of Artisan lettuces.

“The Artisan whole head is the way to go,” said foodservice salesman Jason Grolnick.

But the washed-and-ready product is a good choice for end users who don’t have time or labor to process the lettuce, and who prefer an Artisan lettuce where they can create their own salad with a specific texture and flavor profile.

Underwood Ranches artichokes catch on

Oxnard, Calif.-based Underwood Ranches’ small, loose artichokes are drawing interest among foodservice operators, said salesman Thomas Walsh. The product, available from November through April, is picking up volume every year, he said.

“We’re really getting a good following on it.”

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