D’Arrigo Bros. now in the organic and conventional banana business
In the past year, D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York, located on the Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx, NY, purchased a banana business across the street from the market.
“We are now officially in the banana business,” said Gabriela D’Arrigo, marketing director and organic buyer for the family-owned business. “We are now fully immersed in the both conventional and organic bananas.”
The company, a veteran of the Hunts Point Produce Market, is housed in a 75,000-square-foot facility, which is continually being updated. It has serviced the Northeast for over 50 years.
“Improvements are always underway at D’Arrigo Bros.,” said D’Arrigo. “Not only in our terminal market facility, but also in the new banana facility, which was formerly the John Georgallas Banana Distributors’ building.”
The addition of bananas to its line makes the company a supplier of everything the fresh produce industry has to offer.
Uniquely positioned to supply New York’s retail and foodservice trade with the highest quality produce, the company is one of the larger wholesale produce suppliers in the New York Metro area.
Managed by third-generation D’Arrigo family members, along with a professional experienced staff, it brings the best produce offerings and services cultivated from grower and service-provider relationships to its customers.
D’Arrigo said that in mid-May, with spring and summer at the doorstep, local products were starting to come on strong.
“We are seeing a lot of local products,” she noted. “Jersey squashes, corn, leaf vegetables, tomatoes and so much more. This is an exciting time for locally grown produce, and customers eagerly anticipate it every year. D’Arrigo has always been a leader in the local movement here in the Northeast. We have long-standing relationships with many growers who partner with us to support the availability of local products throughout the seasons.”
In early 2014, D’Arrigo Bros. began a tropical fruit and vegetable program, which has consistently grown and evolved. The company’s line also includes Eastern, Western and Texas vegetables and fruits. It also handles berries, tomatoes, melons, potatoes, onions and more. Included in its mix are a wide range of imported items. And it handles a wide range of organic products.
Its line of fresh produce is further enhanced by the dozens of leading brand names the company represents.
“Our tropical and ethnic programs also continue to see strong growth,” said D’Arrigo. “The Hunts Point buyer demographic is a direct reflection of the New York Metropolitan area demographic. It is our belief that the tropical and ethnic programs will continue to grow into the future.”
Regarding the spring and summer product movements, D’Arrigo acknowledged that the industry is constantly in a state of flux.
“At this point we are well rehearsed in dealing with seasonal changes,” she said. “We source product from all over the world on a regular basis in order to have as many items as we can for as close to year-round availability as possible, so we’re used to just about anything that surfaces.”
The company’s extensive customer base includes all types and levels of retailers and foodservice operations, including restaurants, country clubs, school systems, steamship lines, airlines, commissaries, sidewalk stands and smaller produce wholesalers.
D’Arrigo Bros. also stays on top of its food-safety initiatives, including those set forth by certificating organizations and its custom-tailored initiatives that enhance its program. And it is proud of its stand on social responsibility. It has an integrated system of practices that cares for people’s food and fiber needs, enhances the environment, makes efficient use of nonrenewable resources, sustains the economic viability of farms and enhances the quality of life for all.
It delivers everything the fresh fruits and vegetables industry has to offer with its fleet of 50 trucks.