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How has 2018 measured up so far? Was this year better or worse than last year for your business?

James Margiotta
J Margiotta Company, LLC
Everything is pointing to being way busier. With import/export we’ve added divisions—everything’s moving in a nice way; it looks like a great 2018.

Evan Kazan
Target Interstate Systems, Inc.
So far, 2018 has been significantly stronger. Even with an industrywide decrease in carrier capacity, we’ve seen an increase in load volume. We attribute our ability to grow during difficult times to our strong carrier relationships and industry reputation. When freight rates are at record highs, carriers want to offer their equipment to reputable produce logistics brokers they trust and know will pay their invoices.

Joel Fierman
Joseph Fierman & Son, Inc.
Things have improved the last couple years, and 2018 is shaping up nicely.

Charlie J. DiMaggio
Fres Co LLC
It has been a tremendous year. We’ve relocated and expanded into our entirely renovated facility at 153-157 Row A. In addition to our warehouse upgrade, we’ve installed new boxes, refrigeration, and a new state-of-the-art security system.

Eric Tuttle
Kenneth S. Datthyn Farm
Planting was a little delayed due to the weather but once the crop was in, it picked up speed. The lack of rain slowed everything down, but for the most part crops look good.

Stefanie Katzman
S. Katzman Produce, Inc.
Our business continues to grow year after year in so many ways. We’re constantly expanding our product line, always looking for that next new great item or value-added pack we can bring to consumers. We’re also upgrading our facility, venturing into new markets, and expanding up and down the East Coast and further west.

Michael Miqueli
San Antonio Broker Services, Inc.
Business is better; I think it’s better because we’re better. We fully understand our customers and their needs. We’re compliant with all the new DOT regulations, have great employees, and new equipment. We’re asset-based, so we’re on our game at all times—from start to finish, every load is handled by our staff.

This is an excerpt from the most recent Produce Blueprints quarterly journal. Click here to read the full article.


Courtney Kilian, who is based in Vista, CA, and has worked with both domestic and international growers and organizations, including the Natural Resources Conservation Service and California Avocados Direct.