“School programs have been a big part of the contract business for us,” he said.
“Obviously, you’re trying to encourage the consumption of fresh produce.”
He said table grapes lend themselves to that category because most consumers, and especially children, like them.
Up to 90% of the foodservice business is red grapes, with the balance in green, he said.
Most grapes are shipped in 19-pound boxes, although the company does other packs at a customer’s request, Olson said.
Sundale Vineyards, Tulare, also has seen growth in its restaurant and school foodservice business, said Sean Stockton, president.
“Serving more fresh fruit has become a priority for schools, and grapes are at the forefront,” he said.
“They’re one of the items that have been shown to be healthy for you and for your heart with antioxidants.”