Foodservice sector shows promise - The Packer

Foodservice sector shows promise

05/28/2014 04:43:00 PM
Doug Ohlemeier

Florida avocados are appearing more on cruise ships, said Mary Ostlund, director of marketing for Brooks Tropicals Inc.

As cruise ships played a role in popularizing papaya, another major product of Brooks, the segment could help boost Florida avocado sales, she said.

Every year, Brooks participates in a dinner festival at Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando.

The event highlights fruits with stories behind it, including Florida avocados, Ostlund said.

“Foodservice is interested in local and heirloom products,” she said. “They are interested in produce that has a story behind it. Those kinds of products are leading edge and are what makes chefs’ menus look trendy and provide adventures in eating. Our SlimCados fit that bill.”

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