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Business was picking up for Minneapolis-based processor Go Fresh in late August as kids headed back to school and orders increased for fresh-cut items that school districts are interested in, said Mark Remold, purchasing manager.

The big increase during the summer months was in colored peppers and onions for kabob kits, he said.

“It was a bigger trend than what we’ve seen in past years,” Remold said.

Retailers are putting together ready-to-go kabob kits to sell in the meat cases, and there also is demand from restaurants, he said.

He attributed the upswing to the convenience factor.

“It’s such a labor-intense item to put together,” he said.

Go Fresh provides a variety of items, including lettuces, cabbage, coleslaw, melons and pineapples, primarily for restaurants and institutional accounts, he said.