Chilean grape growers, distributors keep wary eye on weather issues

01/15/2010 02:45:28 PM
Abraham Mahshie

Tjerandsen explained that retailers have discovered that there is a seamless 12-month supply of many key fruits from Chile, and they can stock grapes all year long.

“Grocery store sales are increasing because the away-from-home sector is experiencing modest declines,” Tjerandsen said, referring to the recession’s effect on consumer food service purchases.

“We are also seeing a tremendous growth in foodservice.”

Tjerandsen said the organization is providing suggestions to chefs and grapes are appearing more often in buffet lines and with diced fruit.

Colleges and universities needing to feed tens of thousands of students each day are also looking for new ways to improve the health and nutrition of their student base, Tjerandsen added.

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