What's on Baldor president Michael Muzyk's mind at United Fresh
( Amy Sowder )

CHICAGO — The Packer's Northeast editor, Amy Sowder, grabs Bronx, N.Y.-based Baldor Specialty Foods president Michael Muzyk at the United Fresh Produce Association's Conference and Expo on June 12, to see what's on his mind.

In particular, what is he thinking about concerning the New York area's world of produce?

Helping chefs define local for themselves and enabling them to choose local foodservice produce in an easier way: That's what's brewing in the head of Muzyk, who's also the chairman-elect of United Fresh.

If you live in New York City, you'll see Baldor trucks all over town, navigating the hectic streets and parked in front of restaurants and markets. The Hudson Valley, Long Island and upstate New York, as well as New Jersey and other surrounding places have many family farms available for sourcing.

And better traceability is key in food safety, a hot-button issue revived since the latest lettuce recalls in California affected growers nationwide.

"We sticker every box coming in, and we scan every box going out. We have to be part of the solution," Muzyk said at the United Fresh Breakfast Keynote General Session two days earlier, on June 10. 

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