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Moving Your Business Forward With Food Distribution

Restaurants, healthcare facilities, educational institutions, and so many other businesses rely on food distribution. It’s important to partner with a food distributor if you plan on offering food items. It’s one of the many operations that drive businesses by ensuring they get the food they need to create quality meals. But, more than that, what does a partnership entail?

Peddler’s Son is one of Arizona’s leading food distributors offering businesses incredible wholesale produce, spices, and other items you demand. We partner with a wide range of industry professionals, including those in healthcare, education, catering, hospitality, and restaurants. Additionally, we’ve helped supply grocery stores with fresh produce to keep their store stocked on your favorite fruits and vegetables. We’re industry leaders in on-time delivery and maintaining quality products from the warehouse to your kitchen. Read our blog post below to learn how Peddler’s Son can move your business forward with food distribution.

What is Food Distribution?

Generally, food distribution consists of a variety of companies, organizations, and programs that obtain food from producers, store it in their warehouses, and distribute it to a variety of businesses. Another type of distribution network is foodservice distribution, which facilitates the delivery of food from producers to foodservice operators like restaurants, grocery stores, caterers, and food and beverage managers. 

Additionally, distribution may also include products such as plates, cups, utensils, and napkins.

How Does Food Distribution Work?

As food distributors, it is our responsibility to transport and store food as it travels between producers to foodservice operators. It’s not uncommon to see distributors specialize in certain products like seafood, meat, and produce. Most food distributors are independent, which makes it easy for you to create a supply chain that meets your specific needs. 

Some food distribution professionals purchase directly from producers to fulfill orders. But, they also sell directly to businesses so producers and manufacturers focus on maintaining their products. Essentially, we act as middlemen between you and food producers. 

What’s Driving the Food Distribution Industry Right Now?

Technology, it’s a wonderful tool that’s changing almost every facet of our lives. It’s even redefining how food distributors operate. One example of this is foodservice distribution software, which allows distributors to process, schedule, and track orders. Additionally, it can help manage inventory, process payments, create invoices, and build reports within a single platform. 

Another type of software that’s being used is one that specializes in food traceability. In today’s consumer-conscious world, people are demanding to know where their food comes from. This software does just that by enabling distributors and customers to track the origin and ingredients of their food products. The software is perfect for businesses looking to see if there was any cross-contamination between food products. 

The Benefits of Partnering With a Food Distributor

So now that you know what food distribution is, it’s time to go over some of the benefits. 

  • Marketing and Selling: Food distributors are capable of marketing and selling their products to foodservice operators. In many cases, operators partner with distributors because it eliminates the need to work directly with producers, growers, and manufacturers to obtain products. Additionally, many distributors can provide marketing materials along with their products, which adds tremendous value for their customers.
  • Transportation and Warehousing: As you know, one of the main functions of a food distributor is its delivery system. It allows businesses to outsource their logistics so they can focus on other areas of their business. For example, instead of a restaurant needing to pick up ingredients every morning, they can enlist the expertise of a distributor to deliver the products they need for the day. 
  • Quality Control: Another benefit of food distribution is how it manages the quality of its products. As a foodservice operator, you have a high standard for your ingredients. Why not? It’s the lifeblood of your business. We establish protocols to ensure quality and cleanliness at every stage of our operations. Not to mention, we ensure our products are safe and stay fresh with proper warehousing and distribution procedures. 

Peddler’s Son is Arizona’s Go-To for Food Distribution

Peddler’s Son has provided Arizona businesses with quality wholesale products for over 30 years. We are committed to customer service, quality, and honest pricing to ensure our customers get the best products and provisions possible. 

As a family-owned wholesale produce distributor, we provide our services to everyone from the produce department to the hospital cafeteria. No matter your industry, Peddler’s Son is here for you! Contact us today and learn what a partnership with us can mean for your business.

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What to Expect This October in Your Produce Department

Fall is finally here! This means your produce department is going to be stocked full of your Fall favorites and more. But, will it have everything you need? Read our blog post below and learn what you can expect this October.

Peddler’s Son has over 30 years of experience providing grocery retailers, restaurants, healthcare facilities, and schools with wholesale produce. With a 54,000 square foot warehouse and over 30 delivery trucks feeding all of Arizona, we’re the go-to source for produce distribution. 

Asparagus Supply Remains Tight

Products coming out of Peru remain very limited. Additionally, container availability is extremely low due to them being sent to Asia for loading goods and not being able to be shipped to other countries. However, the products that are coming in are supposed to be of good quality.

Avocados Are in Fair Supply, Good Quality

Demand is still exceeding the supply of avocados and prices continue to rise. Volumes out of Mexico are very light with fruits being rather small than what your produce department likely demands.

Expect Fair Quality Berries in Your Produce Department

Blackberry, blueberry, and raspberry prices are on the rise. While production is primarily coming out of California right now, it will begin coming out of Mexico within the month. Expect tighter supplies until the transition is complete.

Green Bean Supplies and Quality is Tight

Weather is causing havoc on the green bean supply. Additionally, logistics is a nightmare with imports coming into the U.S that can’t match the demand for the product. It’s expected to continue like this for the next several weeks until supply and logistics catch up with demand.

Expect Fair Supply and Quality in Brussels Sprouts in Your Produce Department

We’re still not in the clear but after months of uncertainty, supplies seem to be improving for the vegetable. Demand continues to be steady, but growers are seeing 

some quality issues with their crops. 

Potatoes Face Fair Supply and Quality

Potato markets are beginning to stabilize but you should be cautious when ordering for your produce department. The crop yield and their sizing remain to be a concern, which means there are some supply concerns and quality issues you need to be aware of. 

Tomato Prices are Rising, Supply and Quality Remain Low

Supply is extremely tight out of the East due to recent weather events. Growers are also reporting possible supply gaps as production transitions South for the Fall. Production out of Mexico and California remains steady though. So, if possible, order tomatoes from these regions.

Stock Your Produce Department with Peddler’s Son Wholesale Produce

Peddler’s Son has provided Arizona businesses with quality wholesale produce for over 30 years. We are committed to customer service, quality, and honest pricing to ensure our customers get the best products and provisions possible. As a family-owned wholesale produce distributor, we provide our services to everyone from the produce department to the hospital cafeteria. No matter your industry, Peddler’s Son is here for you! Contact us today and learn what a partnership with us can mean for your business.

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The Next 90 Now October 2021

Peddler’s Son is excited to share The Next 90 Now video for the 4th quarter of 2021. “The Next 90 Now” is a series of quarterly videos from Joe and Ted Palmisano where they share industry insights on what to expect based on market trends and updates for each upcoming quarter with you. In this quarter’s report, we focus on continued supply chain concerns, overall stability with produce commodities, the 2021/2022 season, and a final year-end message from Ted and Joe. Click the link below to watch The Next 90 Now from Peddler’s Son where we are FOOD DRIVEN and CUSTOMER FOCUSED. See you next time!

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Peddler’s Son Is Your Go-To For Industry Insights and Forecasting

Peddler’s Son has provided Arizona businesses with quality wholesale produce for over 30 years. We are committed to customer service, quality, and honest pricing to ensure our customers get the best products and provisions possible. As a family-owned wholesale produce distributor, we provide our services to everyone from the produce department to the hospital cafeteria. No matter your industry, Peddler’s Son is here for you! Contact us today and learn what a partnership with us can mean for your business.

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4 Important Considerations Before Adopting Food Delivery Services

In today’s on-demand society, people expect their services on time and in good quality. That same mentality goes into food delivery. There are many considerations when choosing to adopt delivery services, but aside from a new level of convenience, what does this mean for your restaurant?

As one of the leading food distribution professionals in Arizona, Peddler’s Son works with a wide range of businesses. Everyone from healthcare facilities and restaurants, to educational institutions and caterers, expects top-notch services from us. Read our blog post below and learn how a food delivery service can help attract and retain a loyal customer base. 

Customers Expect Food Delivery or Takeout as an Option

With new point-of-sale systems, restaurants are stepping up with new ways people can order their food. Everything from kiosks, apps, and even tweeting your order. With an abundant amount of point-of-sale systems, people expect most restaurants to have delivery or takeout as an option. According to On the Line, 34% of customers opt for delivery or take more frequently when the restaurant is capable of doing so. 

Food Delivery is Driven by Millenials

Food delivery services, like DoorDash, GrubHub, and many others; prioritize the millennial demographic as their priority audience. Why? Because they spend the most on prepared food compared to other generations. Millennials live fast-paced lives, making them more apt to eating at quick-service restaurants and opting for delivery or takeout. Additionally, they have a bigger spending power that results in higher requirements, like effortless ordering, instant delivery, simplified checkout, and more. 

To attract and satisfy this demographic, businesses need to adopt new point-of-sale systems to offer food delivery services. 

Technology is Changing Food Delivery

As mentioned above, there are many ways people can order delivery. But, there are also many ways it can be delivered. For example, drones are the new hot technology companies are using to deliver everything from packages and medical supplies, to tools and groceries. Some restaurants have added drones into their delivery service because they reduce the delivery time significantly by avoiding congestion, traffic lights, and flying directly to the customer’s house. 

Another type of technology that is innovating the food delivery industry is self-driving cars and robots. Recently, Starship Technologies partnered with Just Eat to develop a pavement robot to deliver food in the UK. These six-wheeled bots move up to 4 miles per hour and deliver food in a 10-mile radius from the restaurant. The delivery bots use a GPS signal and camera to arrive at their destination and return to the business. 

The COVID-19 Pandemic Has Changed The Industry

The coronavirus has tremendously impacted every aspect of our lives. Lockdowns, restrictions, and work-from-home has been our reality since early 2020. Businesses have shuttered their doors as a result of the pandemic’s effects, with restaurants being one of the hardest hit industries.

To stay afloat and meet the needs of their customers, more restaurants have adopted food delivery and takeout services. This has allowed businesses to provide customers their favorite meals in a safe, socially distant manner that helps stop the spread while still generating revenue for the business. 

Peddler’s Son Food Distribution is the Best in Arizona

For over 25 years, Peddler’s Son has been one of Arizona’s top food distributors providing quality produce & provisions, service, and delivery. To serve the best food to your customers, you need the best ingredients and products. We work with a variety of schools, hospitals, and restaurants to ensure their meals meet the quality standards of their chefs and customers. Contact us today to learn how our products and services will enhance your dishes.

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Global Diets

The University of Kent recently published a study indicating a shift in global diets and food consumption. This study explains that countries like South Korea, China, and Taiwan are moving towards a meat and sugar-rich diet, whereas the United States, the UK, and Australia are moving towards a more plant-based diet. Read our blog post below to understand what’s causing these shifts and the effects both of these differences have on their respective populations.

Peddler’s Son provides wholesale produce for a variety of industries including Restaurants, Education, and Healthcare. We believe in supplying businesses with quality and healthy produce to help its people and the community succeed. 

How a Growing Income Contributes to a Larger Consumption of Animal-Based Food

Over the past 50 years data has shown that countries like South Korea, Taiwan, and China have experienced large changes in their food, but why? Due to a lot of growth and development, these countries have a lot more disposable income. This plays a large part in food consumption as countries are beginning to afford a variety of meals made with more expensive ingredients. While many can argue that this is an economic success, this overall change in diet is also leading to an increase in obesity. 

The Decline of Animal-Based Food in the West

While animal-based diets are rising in popularity in the East, we are seeing the exact opposite in the West, for the same exact reason, but how? According to The University of Kent, high-income English-speaking countries such as The United States, The United Kingdom, and Australia are focusing more on plant-based diets. This shift can be attributed to increased awareness of how food plays a role in our overall health. Additionally, due to the variety of available food, they are able to be more selective about their consumption and pick and choose what they eat. While this trend is strongest in the countries listed above, many other countries are experiencing this global diet shift as well. 

So What Does This Global Diet Shift Mean?

While the food chain varies based on geography and overall country development, these findings showcase how important diet is to both public health and the environment. Professor Majid Ezzati from the School of Public Health at Imperial College London explains that “Advances in science and technology, together with growing incomes, have allowed many nations to have access to a diversity of foods.” “We must harness these advances and set in place policies that provide healthier foods for people everywhere, especially those who can currently least afford them.” Let us know what you think and how you feel about this topic in the comments below.

Farmers’ Market or Grocery Store: Where Should You Get Your Food?

Fresh produce is always something to get excited about. The variety of delicious flavors and attention to quality can transform a simple dish into an extraordinary dinner milestone.  Many people purchase their food from the grocery store, but there are many farmers’ market die-hards who swear by the quality of their food. This leads to the question, where should you be getting your food?

For over 30 years, Peddler’s Son has been Arizona’s source for incredible ingredients and on-time delivery. We partner with a wide range of industry professionals, including those in healthcare, education, catering, hospitality, and restaurants. Additionally, we’ve helped supply grocery stores with fresh produce to keep their store stocked on your favorite fruits and vegetables. Read our blog post below and learn where you should be doing your shopping – the farmers’ market or grocery store?

What Exactly Can You Find at a Farmers’ Market?

The smells, the sights, the feeling; there’s nothing quite like walking through a farmers’ market. It’s a hub for consumers to purchase goods directly from farmers and other small businesses. These markets exist in many countries around the world and promote a strong local economy by supporting farmers in the area. Typically, you’ll find a wide variety of products. Like:

  • Fresh produce
  • Live animals
  • Plants
  • Prepared foods
  • Honey

And much more

Additionally, these markets allow producers and consumers to get to know each other. Many consumers are trying to be more eco-conscious, these markets allow them to learn how farmers are growing/raising their products. Resulting in wise purchasing decisions and more confidence in their purchase.

Benefits of Shopping at the Farmers’ Market

Farm Fresh

The fruits and veggies you find at the grocery store are often several days old before they reach the produce department. Additionally, before it even hits the shelves it’s stored in refrigerated coolers and trucks, possibly thousands of miles away. When you shop at the farmers’ market you can enjoy truly fresh food. In most cases, the owner of the stand picked his or her food that morning or the day before and is likely only a few miles away from the market. Making it significantly more fresh than what you may find at the grocery store.  

Organic and Non-GMO

Many farmers who participate in farmers’ markets grow organic food. Most will label it as such, so you can rest easy knowing you’re buying products free of pesticides. They will also be more likely to avoid non-genetically modified seeds, resulting in a more natural product. Not only does this benefit you, but growing organic foods is better for the soil and environment!

Farmers’ Markets Offer More Nutritious products

When you first spot the produce at your local farmers’ market you’ll be immediately hit with a beautiful array of colors. Not only is this pleasing to the eye, but our bodies! Vivid colors in fruits and veggies are a reflection of just how nutritious they are. This is a result of how the local farmer cultivates their produce, maintaining an incredible quality of product.

Benefits of Shopping at a Grocery Store

Convenience

Probably the biggest advantage grocery stores have over farmers’ markets is that they’re open seven days a week for most of the day. Being able to shop when and where you want is liberating and frees you from scheduling out your time around the farmers’ market. When you need something, you don’t have to wait until next week to pick it up at the market. You can simply stop in a store whenever you want. 

Variety

While the farmers’ market can boast farm-fresh foods, it can’t hold a candle to the variety offered in a grocery store. While yes it’s true that depending on where you live, products travel a great distance for your eating pleasure, we can’t cultivate certain items during different times of the year; some not at all. If we restricted ourselves to strictly local items, then our produce departments would likely be reduced to a mere shelf.

One-Stop Shopping Experience

Another big draw for consumers is that they can buy almost all of their food items at the grocery store. There are going to be a few items you likely can’t get at the farmers’ market, but you can easily purchase them at the supermarket. This is especially convenient for people who hate making trips to multiple places to get what they need.

Farmers’ Market or Grocery Store: Where Should You Purchase Your Produce?

Shop where you feel comfortable. Both provide excellent products for the public and help you create extraordinary dishes. It entirely depends on what you are looking for in your produce. Are you trying to be more eco-conscious and stay organic? Shop at the farmers’ market. Looking for more variety and convenience? The grocery store is the place to be.

Peddler’s Son: Arizona’s Source for Quality Wholesale Produce Since 1988, Peddler’s Son has been providing exceptional customer service with transparency and integrity throughout the state of Arizona. From our showroom and shipping docs to our on-time delivery; We strive for quality on every level. Contact us today to learn more about our wide range of quality products.

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What to Expect This July in Your Produce Department

Summer is hot and so is your produce department with delicious favorites in ready supply. However, there are a few items you should be aware of when ordering products for your store. 

Peddler’s Son has over 30 years of experience providing grocery retailers, restaurants, healthcare facilities, and schools with wholesale produce. With 54,000 square feet of warehouse space and over 30 delivery trucks feeding all of Arizona, we’re the go-to source for produce distribution. Read our article below to learn what you can expect this month in your produce department.

Asparagus

While quality is fair, West coast asparagus is in short supply. Prices are capped out in the west where markets have hit $40 FOB. However, East coast supplies are in fairly good supply with a similar level of quality. Be on the lookout for East coast asparagus in your produce department. 

Raspberries

As people prepared for the 4th of July holiday, raspberries saw some pressure on its pricing and supplies. This is due to the high demand for the item as stores ramped up their ad activity. We’re hoping by mid-July raspberries will see some relief.

Brussels Sprouts 

Brussels Sprouts supply and quality continue to be a risk for produce departments. While the item continues to have solid demand, it faces some quality and supply issues. Fortunately, by the end of July, we anticipate they will improve.

Honeydew

Honeydew is in high demand due to customers expecting an array of melon options in their produce department. However, very few honeydews have been grown this season in the desert and even less have been crossing through Nogales. This has resulted in a lower supply and strong pricing is expected to continue over the next few weeks.   

Mushrooms

The mushroom industry is facing a labor shortage, as well as cost inflation increasing raw materials. The price increases in freights nationally have also impacted the cost to mushroom producers. Pricing for these products may increase as a result.

Bell Peppers

While pricing for red and yellow bell peppers is increasing, green varieties are trending down. There is a lot of production coming out of Florida, Georgia, the Carolina’s, California, and Mexico. With production in New Jersey soon starting up, there will be a lot of pressure on pricing. 

Squash

Prices for Green and Yellow Squash are trending significantly higher this week. While production is strong in a number of states, quality is ranging from poor to fair. Currently, demand is exceeding the squash supply. 

Stock Your Produce Department with Peddler’s Son Wholesale Produce

Peddler’s Son has provided Arizona businesses with quality wholesale produce for over 30 years. We are committed to customer service, quality, and honest pricing to ensure our customers get the best products and provisions possible. As a family-owned wholesale produce distributor, we provide our services to everyone from the produce department to the hospital cafeteria. No matter your industry, Peddler’s Son is here for you! Contact us today and learn what a partnership with us can mean for your business.

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3rd Quarter 2021 Industry Insights

At Peddler’s Son, we have created a quarterly series called the Next 90 Now where Peddler’s Son owners, Joe and Ted Palmisano talk about industry insights, what to expect based on market trends, and updates for the upcoming quarter.

This quarter, Joe and Ted talk about price increases to serve the pent-up demand, supply and demand balance based on farming efforts from last quarter, and more! Tune in to learn why Joe states that “business and convention travel should come back impressively.”

[Next 90 Now July 2021 Video]

Peddler’s Son Is Your Go-To For Industry Insights and Forecasting

Peddler’s Son has provided Arizona businesses with quality wholesale produce for over 30 years. We are committed to customer service, quality, and honest pricing to ensure our customers get the best products and provisions possible. As a family-owned wholesale produce distributor, we provide our services to everyone from the produce department to the hospital cafeteria. No matter your industry, Peddler’s Son is here for you! Contact us today and learn what a partnership with us can mean for your business.

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Customer Spotlight: Villa Dolce Gelato

Here at Peddler’s Son, we have the pleasure of partnering with many types of businesses around Arizona. Everyone from local restaurants, grocery stores, medical centers, and everything in between. We continue to develop and strengthen relationships with our customers. One of those incredible relationships is with Villa Dolce Gelato, one of the country’s finest wholesale gelato manufacturers. Read our article below and learn more about our partnership with this delicious gelato company. 

Who Are Villa Dolce Gelato?


Villa Dolce opened its doors in 2001 servicing top-tier restaurants in the Los Angeles area. Renowned chefs and personalities quickly embraced their extraordinary products and use their gelato in their restaurants. In 2013, the company expanded into Phoenix, Arizona with a state-of-the-art manufacturing facility. 

The Marcaccini brothers started Villa Dolce Gelato to bring Italy’s finest gelato to the United States. Growing up in Rome, they spent many summers on the Italian coast, eating gelato with family and friends. Their gelato is a love letter to those warm, fun summers and honors that tradition of joy and connection with natural ingredients and freshness. 

The Villa Dolce Mission

To provide the best, they have to be the best. Villa Dolce Gelato’s mission is to make the best quality product in the industry. Villa Dolce is driven to elevate dessert and convey a sensory experience through clean, natural, artisan recipes. They take pride in the details, from balancing simple and complex flavors to developing textures, contrasts, and a velvety smooth finish.  

To achieve this, the Marcaccini brothers and their ingredient partners implement the best business practices to ensure their products benefit future generations. These practices include:

  • USDA organic certification
  • High standards for animal care and environment stewardship
  • Utilizing new technology to improve product life
  • Reduces waste
  • Fosters innovation

Peddler’s Son’s Partnership with Villa Dolce Gelato

Villa Dolce has chosen us as their produce supplier because of our tenacity for quality, integrity, and transparency. Additionally, we make sure they receive the products they need to ensure their operations continue to their highest potential. We focus on delivering fresh ingredients so they can focus on creating the delicious products they’re known for.

Peddler’s Son is Arizona’s Choice for Produce Delivery

Peddler’s Son has over 30 years of experience and knowledge in foodservice delivery. We give clients like Villa Dolce Gelato and many others the confidence that they are receiving the best products and service around. We’re proud of the partnerships and relationships we’ve built over the years and look forward to continuing to assist in their success. Contact us today to learn what a culinary partnership can mean for you.

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