Ask around the Los Angeles produce industry, and most suppliers have nothing but praise for Gelson’s Markets.
While low employee turnover and careful expansion have contributed to Gelson’s Market's success—innovation, experimentation, and execution have been crucial to the company’s position as one of the nation’s top independent grocers.
In the opinion of Ron Fong, president and CEO of the California Grocers Association, Gelson’s Markets’ success is pretty straightforward.
Gelson’s Markets made the strategic decision to provide the best possible customer experience within a smaller number of stores rather than overexpanding.
With just 27 locations from San Diego to Santa Barbara, Gelson’s Markets is recognized as one of the most successful supermarket chains in the United States.
It’s not surprising California, especially Southern California—with its proximity to superb growing regions, international trade, and a diverse population and workforce interested in a healthy lifestyle—would be able to support an exciting and competitive supermarket environment.
What effect have lists like the Dirty Dozen had on produce consumption?
Recently, I was commiserating with a longtime industry leader about the state of produce in North America. We concurred that we’ve seen many changes—many good, and others not so good, and we agreed there will be several more changes coming down the pike.
Teresa Thorne, executive director of the Alliance for Food and Farming (AFF) says that the Dirty Dozen is pernicious.
American consumers' produce consumption levels play a part in the pesticide residue debate.