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B.R.S. keeps steady business flowing for customers

By
J. McHenry

Despite the ups and downs of the past year, Philadelphia’s B.R.S. Produce has been able to keep a steady business flowing for customers. “We’ve been able to maintain the same people and the same space,” said Rick Milavsky, B.R.S. president.

“I have a great work crew and we’ve worked hard over the past year to continue to serve our customers with the best products at good volume,” he said.

B.R.S. is a full-line produce house specializing in vegetables. “We offer vegetables from growing regions all over the U.S., Canada, Mexico and worldwide,” said Milavsky. “We have particularly strong sales in tomatoes, mushrooms, avocados and limes.”

The company also handles sizeable volume of local product when in season. “We’ll be starting soon with our local deals from New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware and New York,” said Milavsky. “We’re hoping for a good season for the local farmers.”

Local product provides B.R.S. with multiple advantages explained Milavsky.

“Bringing in product from different regions around the country makes you dependent on fluctuating gas and transportation prices,” he said. “Local offers us an advantage in freight cost and time as well as freshness.”

The people at B.R.S. serve as an information conduit between growers and the market. “When customers are asking for certain items, we give the local growers a heads-up about the demand for those items,” said Milavsky.

“We try to help our local growers understand the needs and demands of the market so they can grow what the market is asking for.”

Likewise, company personnel help the customer find the best product.

“We are proud to serve our customers all over the tri-state area by sourcing the highest quality for their needs,” said Milavsky. “We do our best to help inform them of what’s going on in the market and the growing areas and to provide different options for them.”

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