“If they create a new dish or menu item, maybe they’ll take a few more, but overall across the country it gets the same amount of use,” he said.
Occasionally a chain may call for an increase in a certain type of onion, Smith said.
“You see little things that will tweak usage once in awhile, like a few years ago, when Subway and Quiznos decided they were going to use more reds,” he said.
That cut into sales of yellow onions, he said.
Hatch, N.M.-based Shiloh Produce Inc. has a longstanding foodservice business, said Stormy Adams, chief executive officer.
“We’ve been doing business with (US Foods) for 15 years now, so we already have a pretty good — and growing — presence in the foodservice industry,” he said.