Charlie’s supplies mainly retailers with organics, but the foodservice division is showing increased intrigue in the category, Bowen said.
“The foodservice segment is looking harder at it, as technology and pricing gets better and price is narrowing,” Bowen said of organics, which represents about 15% of Charlie’s business.
Botsford & Goodfellow is capable of carrying any organic product, McNamee said, while Seattle-based F.C. Bloxom Co. offers select organic items, said vice-president William Bloxom.
Coastal Inc., Portland, however, hasn’t hopped on the organic bandwagon just yet, said Dennis Baird, vice president and general manager.
“It’s a real hotbed here for organics and, ‘the green revolution,’” Baird said. “But it all came from the earth. I just kind of chuckle about it.”