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S. Katzman Produce looking forward to New York Produce Show

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Keith Loria

When the New York Produce Show and Conference takes place Nov. 29 - Dec. 2, the team from S. Katzman Produce will be there, walking the floor and meeting with the customers and grower-shippers who have helped make the company the success that it is.

“It’s great having an opportunity to interact with them and being able to talk to them about different things going on in the industry, whether it be sustainability, whether it be quality of product, pricing structure, or opportunities that we might have with some new customer groups,” said Stefanie Katzman, executive vice president of S. Katzman Produce, which does business at New York’s Hunts Point Produce Market in the Bronx. “We’ve launched some great programs on some product lines and have a chance to really introduce them to our customers so they can see where their product lands and who’s representing their brands here on the East Coast.”

Buyers, salespeople, and members from the company’s executive staff and marketing team will be at the show, making it an ideal opportunity for S. Katzman Produce to talk about its year-over-year growth and its focus on helping customers bring top-quality brands to their shelves while supporting growers.

“It’s been a bit of a struggle, especially this past year with all the weather challenges that we’ve run into,” Katzman said. “Our strong partnerships and relationships, really around the globe, have enabled us to make sure we have that supply readily available for our customers. A lot of our independent supermarkets in our area here really rely on us for all of their supply. We deliver fresh fruits and vegetables to them every day.”

She expects participants at the show to be talking about the weather problems the industry dealt with during the summer and fall and their effect on pricing. Another hot topic she expects to address is how S. Katzman Produce can continue to support people in the industry during these challenging times.

“As rough as things have been, we’ve still been able to keep products on the shelves, we’ve still been able to keep product moving through the supply chain,” Katzman said. “And I think reassuring our customers and reassuring our shippers that we’re going to continue to push through this and we’re going to continue to be successful is the most important part.”

As the company pursues growth, it is communicating with growers and strengthening partnerships. Looking to the new year, the company will focus more on packaging options, such as recyclable packaging and small packaging.

Key to the company’s success is its dedicated team of professionals — its buyers, sales professionals, and operations and support staffs.

“We’re continuing to invest in them, whether through talent development classes, new certifications, or just regular practice, then refreshers on different attributes of different products,” Katzman said. “We sell so many different items now, from all over the world. Sometimes we’ll get a new item that nobody’s ever seen before, so making sure that everybody is aware of the proper storage temperature and proper upkeep of everything as things continue and continue to evolve is very important.”
 

Keith Loria

Keith Loria

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A graduate of the University of Miami, Keith Loria is a D.C.-based award-winning journalist who has been writing for major publications for close to 20 years on topics as diverse as real estate, food and sports. He started his career with the Associated Press and has held high editorial positions at magazines aimed at healthcare, sports and technology. When not busy writing, he can be found enjoying time with his wife, Patricia, and two daughters, Jordan and Cassidy.

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