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Episode 11 of Tip of the Iceberg Podcast, brought to you by The Packer and PMG, features an interview with Jeff Cady, director of produce and floral for Williamsville, N.Y.-based Tops Friendly Markets.
Cady talks about several of the company's recent moves in support of a more sustainable produce division, including moving all their greenhouse tomato business to a local provider and switching away from foam trays to the extent possible in their produce departments. More sustainable changes are on the horizon, and Cady discusses which areas he is exploring and how he considers cost when making such changes.
You can listen to the interview with Cady on the player below or on popular listening applications including Apple Podcasts, Spotify and others. If you've rather watch a video of the interview or read a detailed write-up of the conversation, you can do either one here.
In case you're new to Tip of the Iceberg Podcast, its name serves as a reminder for listeners that these conversations are just a taste of the vast produce industry coverage provided by The Packer newspaper, PMG magazine and always-updating websites for both brands: ThePacker.com and ProduceMarketGuide.com. Hope you enjoy the conversation!
Check out previous episodes of the podcast, including a conversation with the USDA's Greg Ibach about the Farmers to Families Food Box Program, on this landing page, and check out more news related to Tops at the links below.
Tops pilots Flashfood program to reduce food waste — Williamsville, N.Y.-based Tops Friendly Markets is piloting in six locations the food waste reduction program Flashfood.
Tops makes changes in produce to reduce environmental impact — Tops Friendly Markets has moved away from foam produce trays and has switched to a local supplier of greenhouse-grown tomatoes as part of ongoing efforts to reduce the company’s environmental impact.
Tops launches ‘Summer Sell-a-bration’ display contest for produce — Williamsville, N.Y.-based Tops Friendly Markets has kicked off an eight-week Summer Sell-a-bration display contest for its produce departments.
Director of produce Jeff Cady talks Tops store remodel — Tops Friendly Markets recently completed a $2.6 million renovation to its Orchard Park location, and director of produce Jeff Cady spoke with PMG about how the plan for the store’s produce department came to fruition.