Even as states gradually reopen during the pandemic, there is plenty of uncertainty ahead.
As produce suppliers work to find new revenue streams during the pandemic, they’re also looking at ways to simplify their businesses to focus on the best-performing items.
Many growers, wholesalers, and distributors brought on new customers, both inside and outside foodservice, during the pandemic.
Baldor Specialty Foods, Inc. in the Bronx, NY, a distributor of specialty produce mostly for foodservice, launched a direct-to-consumer offering at the start of pandemic shut-downs, setting up an ecommerce site and home delivery.
Produce distributors and others in the supply chain had to quickly pivot to make up for the loss of traditional foodservice business due to COVID-19 shutdowns.
For restaurants to stay open during the pandemic, they had to rely on delivery and takeout, with contactless curbside pickup a new twist on the latter.
The precipitous decline of the foodservice channel during the coronavirus pandemic has been a massive challenge for many fresh produce suppliers.
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