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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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What to Expect in Your Produce Department in May

With a majority of crops in good supply and quality, we anticipate many grocery stores will be stocked with beautiful and delicious fruits and vegetables. However, there are a few things you should be aware of when ordering for your produce department this month.

Peddler’s Son has over 30 years of experience providing grocery retailers, restaurants, healthcare providers, and educational institutions with wholesale produce. With 54,000 square feet of warehouse and over 30 trucks feeding all of Arizona, we’ve got our finger on the pulse of the produce market. Read our article below to learn what you should expect this month in your produce department. 

Berries Continue to Be Tight

The price for most berries is trending up this week. While growers are reporting higher production numbers, the demand is high due to the short supply of berries from previous weeks. Another thing to consider is the fact that weather is continuing to impact crops in certain areas, such as Florida, California, and Georgia. 

Cauliflower Supply is Not Looking Promising

When you order products for your produce department, don’t be surprised to see a limited inventory of cauliflower. Growers are reporting short supplies due to cooler temperatures in the Salinas Valley. Fortunately, the available cauliflower they do have is reported to be of good quality. 

Cucumber Prices are Trending Up

Production out of Mexico and Florida isn’t meeting demands, which means prices for cucumbers are trending up. Production is expected to ramp up in the next couple of weeks, so we may see prices trending down sometime before the end of May.

Red Grape Supply and Quality is Looking Dubious

Red grapes continue to perform lower than expected. The slow market has caused older inventory to be priced lower and quality to tank. While there are good quality grapes on the market, they come at a higher price tag. Green grapes remain in high supply and quality.

Limes Remain a Concern for Produce Buyers

Large portions of Mexico are experiencing significant amounts of rain, resulting in quality and supply issues. With Cinco de Mayo approaching, demand is increasing and costs will surely rise. Fortunately, our source expects lime supply and quality will become stable by the end of May.

Peddler’s Son Excellence in 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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365 Days of COVID-19: How Peddler’s Son Adapted to The Pandemic

It has been a little over a year since the health crisis began sending shockwaves throughout the world. In the last 365 days, businesses and communities have readjusted their operations to keep their employees and customers safe per local and federal mandates, as well as CDC recommended guidelines. While the COVID-19 pandemic’s precedence is still on top of everyone’s minds, things are starting to look up. Vaccines are becoming more widely available in the United States and newly reported cases of infection are declining. Could this mean a return to normalcy for our communities? Only time will tell, but we’re extremely hopeful for our recovery.

At Peddler’s Son, we’ve seen firsthand how impactful the COVID-19 crisis has been on our clients and Arizona communities. But, we continued to serve them with the best service as safely as possible. That is why we’re proud to share with you the incredible efforts our team has accomplished to ensure businesses were cared for during these unprecedented times.  

The Day The World Caved In

Like many businesses in the United States, Peddler’s Son was blindsided by the COVID-19 pandemic. Vice President, Joe Palmisano reflects, “At the beginning of the week I was planning my next spring training game with clients, and by the end of the week I was making tough decisions on staff furloughs”. 

Peddler’s Son was stunned like other businesses in Arizona, but quickly realized we needed to shift from normal to “COVID enhanced” operations. As an essential business, closing our doors was not an option. Our clients and community need our services to ensure they feed their customers, patients, and students fresh meals every day. As a result, we assembled an Executive Task Force to answer the what, when, where, and hows of our adapted operations. From safety, distribution, human resources, and staffing, everything was on the table for our task force. 

COVID-19 Executive Task Force Heeded the Call

One of the most important things we knew we had to tackle was our workforce. As mentioned, at the beginning of the pandemic we conducted furloughs and salary cuts. This was a very hard decision for us, as we appreciate every member of our team for their hard work and enthusiasm for providing quality services. One of the first things our Executive Task Force knew they needed to do was answer for this. Subsequently, the task force was on top of emergency aid programs and was able to bring team members back to work if they desired. 

As employees returned to work, they still faced other challenges such as social distancing practices and greater emphasis on cleanliness. Jorganne Garcia, Peddler’s Son Human Resources Manager explains, “I knew it was important for everyone to understand what we were dealing with and most importantly, to know how to react if it ever happened to them.” As a result, the company has been fortunate enough not to encounter internal COVID-19 cases. 

Another important element our Executive Task Force had to answer was how to keep our drivers safe as they distributed essential products. We understood how vital food delivery is to our customers, especially during these socially distant times. We serve clients, such as those in healthcare and senior living facilities, who rely heavily on food delivery services. Moreover, as many as 40 trucks a day were on the road, meaning those drivers may interact with as many as 500 customers. 

We had to reevaluate our entire food distribution operation to ensure our drivers and clients were safe from the spread. This involved overnight sanitizing of all truck cabs, office space, and our facility’s common areas. Not to mention a weekly deep-clean for the entire premises. Also, we added significant driver education to increase and enhance how they deliver products to our clients. 

Gilbert Sanchez, Peddler’s Son Fleet and Facility Manager, explains “While some sites were more challenging than others when it came to deliveries, we knew our experienced team of drivers were ready to follow guidelines and remain safe.” Our efforts worked, as not a single one of our drivers reported symptoms or potential COVID-19 exposure in their daily duties. 

One thing we quickly learned was how willing our clients were to adapt their operations in the face of the pandemic. We saw how committed these businesses were in overcoming the challenges of the crisis to ensure they stayed afloat. That is why Peddler’s Son threw its life preserver out to ensure we helped in their success. We adjusted our delivery schedules and credit terms to be more flexible to their businesses needs. 

Before and After COVID-19, Peddler’s Son Has Your Business In Mind

While the COVID-19 pandemic has impacted many of our operations, our mission remains the same – provide quality produce, provisions and delivery services to its clients. Under these unprecedented circumstances, we continue to grow partnerships, fuel communities and deliver success in everything we do. We’re proud to launch our “The Next 90 Now” series of quarterly videos where Joe and Ted share market trends and updates for the upcoming quarter. 
Contact Peddler’s Son today to learn what a partnership with us can mean for your business.

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April Trends in Your Produce Department

It’s beginning to look like spring! With a majority of crops in good supply and quality, our sources are telling us that your grocery store is going to be full of delicious fruits and vegetables. However, there are a few things you need to keep in mind when ordering products for your produce department this month. 

Peddler’s Son has over 30 years of experience providing grocery retailers, restaurants, healthcare providers, and educational institutions with wholesale produce. With 54,000 square feet of warehouse and over 30 trucks feeding all of Arizona, we’ve got our finger on the pulse of the produce market. Read our article below to learn what you should expect this month in your produce department. 

The Price of Eggplants is Trending Down

While the quality and supply of eggplants are in good standing, there is a low demand for the vegetable. As a result, this is putting pressure on the cost and shifting price in grocery stores.

Berries Will Be Tight This Month

Due to the recent weather and Easter holiday, berry supplies will be extremely tight out of Mexico. Prices for blueberries, blackberries, and raspberries are trending up and growers don’t expect the market to come down for at least a few more weeks in April. 

Comparatively, strawberries are running slightly low this week. Supplies are winding down in Central Mexico and Florida, while California was impacted by rain and hail. Additionally, there was a lot of pressure on demand due to the Easter holiday. Now that the weather is forecasted to improve, pricing is expected to improve by next week.

Fluctuating Weather is Leading to Poor Carrot Supplies

Due to extremely cold temperatures, jumbo carrot supplies will be close to nonexistent for three to four weeks. Table carrots out of Arizona, California, and Georgia show greater opportunity but still face some supply issues. It’s also important to note the weather fluctuation is causing cello carrots to crack, thus stunting the product’s growth. 

Corn is in Limbo for Another Few Weeks

Corn hasn’t changed since our last update. Production is at a standstill due to the inclement weather over the last few months. This has led to a lower supply and quality that will be available in your produce department. However, it’s important to note production in California is projected to start in a couple of weeks. This development may affect the availability and quality in late April/early May.

Lime Availability and Quality Remains a Concern

Veracruz and large portions of Mexico are experiencing significant amounts of rain, resulting in quality and supply issues. This will have an impact on limes arriving at the border for the next week. Additionally, holy week ended on April 3rd, meaning growers are back to harvesting crops. We’re expecting to see a steady stream of limes in the produce department by mid-next week.

Peddler’s Son Excellence in 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.

Forecasting Food Service Trends

Forecasting Food Service Trends Post-Pandemic

Everyone is putting 2020 behind them, including the food and beverage industry. The industry has been forced to adapt to a new business environment and consumer behaviors as a result of the pandemic. Last year, consumer behavior underwent a major change, with families coming together through home-cooked meals and consuming healthy food more than ever. We also saw restaurants shift towards home deliveries, takeouts, and curated at-home dining experiences.

Experimentation and the creation of new food trends have always been a part of the food and beverage industry. COVID-19 only accelerated the creative spark that drove innovative ways for the industry to survive and thrive in a post-pandemic world. The trends around new products, technology, service, delivery, and overall food culture appears to be here to stay beyond 2021. 

Forecasting Food Service Trends 

Product Trends

Takeout services continue to expand and restaurants’ assurance that food won’t be compromised provides a sense of security for people who are ordering digitally. Containers and bags designed to seal ensures food isn’t exposed and alerts customers if the food has been opened. Among other product trends, are cashier shields, hand sanitizer kiosks, floor labels, face shields, and social distancing signs. 

Service Trends

The rise of ordering food online skyrocketed to include everything from 10-course meals to DIY meal kits and unique packages containing fresh ingredients. Restaurants looked to shift how they craft their menus specifically for delivery and takeout. Quality and convenience have become even more of a major factor for restaurants looking to maintain excellent customer experiences. Some additional service trends are drive-in restaurants, ghost/virtual kitchens, single-serving packaged meals for grab and go options, and curbside pick-up.

Delivery Trends

Third-party online food delivery apps such as Grubhub, Uber Eats, and DoorDash made online food delivery a $10 billion dollar business in 2019, and that value only increased during 2020. These services were extremely high in demand, and providing no-contact delivery eased hungry people’s concerns about interacting with strangers during the pandemic. Some additional delivery trends are grocery delivery, meal subscription services, co-op delivery, and even alcohol delivery. 

Restaurant Technology Trends

The F&B industry has made it a priority to ensure the health of employees and customers. The market has already seen new AI-based technologies that help food businesses better manage risk in their workforce. QR Code Menus giving customers the ability to view the menu from their smartphones took the place of restaurants handing out traditional menus.

To save time and reduce the interaction between guests and servers, individual checkout systems have been implemented in restaurants across the country. Some additional technologies that will be here to stay are customized apps from larger restaurant chains, UV lights installed at grocery entryways, and zero contact temperature checks to lower the risk of potentially sick customers. 

As the pandemic slowly takes a turn for the better, the F&B industry is doing everything they can do to survive, from developing new and creative service and delivery trends to creating helpful products and innovative technology. These trends are transforming the direction of the culinary world, too. 

Top Food Trends 2021

According to Kalsec global market research, the six trends expected to guide the global food industry in 2021 include:

  1. Functional Food And Beverages
  2. Celebrating Culture with Cuisine
  3. A Force for Good
  4. Innovation in Prepared and Takeout Meals
  5. Specific Spices and Ingredients 2.O
  6. Classics with a Modern Twist

Our friends in the restaurant industry had to adapt and look at creative ways to share their passion and art of food with their customers. As renowned chefs looked to social media to connect with their followers, the rise of independent chefs sharing their recipes and experiences with the world through Instagram and Youtube planted a stake in the ground.

Restaurants are looking to shift how they craft their menus to reflect daily specials, incorporating more vegetable-forward dishes, and international cuisine, where the focus on holistic eating and zero waste is a reflection of COVID-19. Sourcing local ingredients and eating healthier has become a priority for people becoming more conscious of what they eat. New methods of preserving food, such as salting, dehydrating, pickling, and fermenting are becoming more popular both in home kitchens and restaurants alike. 

Peddler’s Son Is Here For You

As a family-owned wholesale produce distributor since 1988, Peddler’s Son is here to help your business grow. We provide exceptional customer service through transparency and integrity while building valuable relationships with Arizona organizations with the best quality fresh produce and provisions. Contact us today to learn more about becoming a customer.

January 2021 Fresh Produce

January 2021 Fresh Produce Distribution Recap

January 2021 weather issues were the main obstacle when it came to fresh produce according to National Produce Consultants. Throughout the month of January, 14 fresh produce items were on alert, with ten of those items being impacted by either cool weather or hurricanes. 

Bananas, cantaloupe, celery, corn, and asparagus were the fresh produce items on alert all month long. Hurricanes affecting Central America impacted the production of bananas and cantaloupe. Florida was still trying to recover from a rough couple of months of hurricanes and cold weather, impacting not only corn production but also its quality. Parsley, the only fresh produce commodity on alert all month, was not impacted by weather. It was simply under pressure and behind schedule. 

The production of asparagus was in a transition period in Mexico from Baja to Caborca. While Culiacan, a new growing region in Mexico, eased off the pressure tomatoes were facing for a couple of weeks in January due to Florida still recovering. Raspberries were heavily impacted by cold weather in Mexico, resulting in increased prices and lower availability.

Other fresh produce items impacted by cold weather included red leaf, squash, strawberries, and honeydew. Honeydew sizes were one of the results of cold weather and sizing concerns were also present in mushrooms. Although the busiest time of the year for mushrooms is over, they’re still facing supply reduction and COVID-19 related problems. Finally, the market for green beans has stabilized after the holiday period and are now seeing good supply and demand.

Fresh Produce Watch

Items Affected By Hurricanes

Bananas – Cantaloupe – Corn – Tomatoes 

Items Affected By Cool Weather

Celery – Honeydew – Raspberries – Strawberries – Red Leaf – Squash

Other Issues

Parsley (Behind Schedule) – Asparagus (Transition) – Mushrooms (Sizing) – Green Beans (Supply Shortage)

To view the full reports click here.

What to Expect At Your Local Fresh Produce in February

Unfortunately, weather issues are expected to continue during the month of February. With a lot of regions suffering from cooler temperatures, both quality and supply issues will continue to be present for strawberries, squash, celery, and corn. 

Raspberries are expected to see an increase in price as they also continue to suffer from cold weather in Mexico. The situation with bananas will remain the same for the foreseeable future as both productions in Mexico and Ecuador recover. Supplies for cantaloupe will be on the lower side until production in the growing region of Zapaca in Guatemala returns. 

On the other hand, as Guatemala recovers from recent hurricanes, honeydew production will see relief come from Honduras, which will help Florida keep the market stable. Asparagus’ transition from Baja to Caborca will also end in the coming weeks, which will help bring the cost down and production up. 

Peddler’s Son Is Here For You

As a family-owned wholesale produce distributor since 1988, Peddler’s Son is here to help your business grow. We provide exceptional customer service through transparency and integrity while building valuable relationships with Arizona organizations with the best quality products. Contact us today to learn more about becoming a customer.

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Peddler’s Son: Top Wholesale Food Distributor Rebrands

Say Hello to Our New Logo

Everything in life changes over time and company logos are no exception. As a long-time wholesale food distribution and delivery company in Arizona, Peddler’s Son has re-envisioned it’s look and logo. We loved our old logo, and know that you did too. And yet, this rebrand is pivotal for us to show our customers that we have grown into a more mature food delivery company. Today we are happy to introduce our new image and highlight our delivery services with our customers at heart.

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New Look, Same Quality Service

Established in 1988, we have gone through a few logo refreshes. We are proud of their look, but they did not completely tell Peddler’s Son story.

Peddler’s Son started with one flatbed truck offering 3 items, which included watermelon, cantaloupe, and honeydew, to shops around the Valley. Now, 32 years later we have grown to a 54,000 square foot warehouse, more than 3,000 SKUs, and 30 trucks connecting foodservice and supplies to customers all over Arizona. Today we have updated our company branding to be clearer about the products and services that come from Peddler’s Son. We are introducing our new logo and tagline to further distinguish Peddler’s Son as a company.

COVID-19

Not only do we want to reestablish the focus we have on customer service, but we also want people to know the array of products we carry and the categories of who we serve. From restaurants, healthcare cafeterias, government buildings, school menus, and hospitality kitchens, we’ve got the goods that you need. Peddler’s Son also proudly services caterers for special events.

New Mission and Vision

At Peddler’s Son, we believe in the philosophy of fresh! Rooted in homegrown service and growing partnerships that fuel our community. We are your trusted culinary partner delivering ingredients for life since 1988. Because when you grow, we grow! 

And our new mission and vision statements confirm this. 

MISSION: From the beginning, our mission has been to deliver unparalleled value built on quality, integrity, and transparency. We consider it a privilege to connect fresh produce and the finest provisions to our customers with service made simple. We are your trusted culinary partner delivering ingredients for life since 1988.

VISION: Grow Partnerships. Fuel Communities. Deliver Success.Throughout the years, we have maintained our quality standards in foodservice delivery bringing fine food and goods with quality customer service. We didn’t take this rebrand lightly, rethinking our vision for the company, mission statement, and tagline. Over the coming week, we will start using our new brand design in marketing materials, truck wraps, and website. If you follow us on social media, check out our Facebook and LinkedIn pages for weekly updates.

Your Foodservice Partner Rebrands

A partnership with Peddler’s Son is the missing ingredient. From fresh produce to specialty meats or imported flavors, our network of suppliers bring you the best items for your culinary creations. For over 30 years, we have been committed to delivering the freshest quality foods and products to our customers with service made simple. We’re not just your wholesale food delivery service, we are your business partner. You can count on us for expert advice and sourcing products that can make your business soar. Our team takes pride in customizing your orders for you, making your business run smoother.

Trusted Wholesale Food Delivery

At Peddler’s Son, we work with a variety of vendors to ensure they receive products that our customers want. Whether you are a local restaurant, hospital cafeteria food service provider, grocery store, or school, our team is committed to your wholesale foodservice delivery needs. Contact us today to learn what products and services we can provide you.

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November 2020 Fresh Produce Distribution Recap

According to National Produce Consultants, transition issues were the main story for fresh produce distribution in the month of November. As vegetables moved from California to Arizona, transition affected the supply for many wet vegetable items. In total, 14 fresh produce items were on alert throughout the month, with a peak of 11 items in a single week. 

Romaine, iceberg, strawberries, asparagus, mushrooms, and green leaf were the items that were on alert the whole of November. 

All three lettuce items continued to recover from the past heatwaves and the transition to Arizona put even more pressure on them. Strawberries were also playing catch up with supply and are looking to bounce back from quality issues caused by the heatwaves. Mushroom supply continued to be short as we entered the holiday season where demand for mushrooms is at a high. Along with high demand, there continued to be a shortage in crimini and portobello mushrooms. Asparagus experienced a supply gap as harvest from Mexico was producing low yield numbers due to cold weather.

Cold weather from Mexico was also affecting the production of both tomatoes and summer squash. Additionally, both fresh produce items were also suffering from rain conditions in Georgia and Florida. Corn also saw problems in its production due to rain in those same states. While Hurricane Eta affected the supply of green beans ever since it hit multiple growing regions. 

Other fresh produce items affected heavily by their transition from California to Arizona were cauliflower, broccoli, and parsley. 

Finally, oranges recovered from the supply gap caused primarily by the USDA Food Box Program. As domestic season is in full swing, supply for oranges should continue to improve.

Fresh Produce Watch

Items Affected By Transition

Romaine Lettuce – Iceberg Lettuce – Green Leaf Lettuce – Cauliflower – Broccoli – Parsley 

Items Affected By Weather

Asparagus – Corn – Tomatoes – Green Beans – Summer Squash

Other Issues

Strawberries (Heat & Fires) – Mushrooms (Demand) – Oranges (Supply Gap)

To view the full reports click here.

What to Expect At Your Local Fresh Produce in December

As transitions continue to take place for the next couple of weeks, expect supply shortages from wet vegetables. This should continue until new crops get into full swing by the first couple of weeks of December. 

Although lettuce items might benefit from this new transition to Arizonathey’ve suffered greatly from fires and heatwaves during the past couple of months in California. 

On the other hand, warmer temperatures might be welcomed in Mexico after cooler temperatures have affected production for several fresh produce items. Improved weather conditions in Mexico should give some relief to summer squash, tomatoes, and asparagus. 

Improved weather conditions in east coast states such as Georgia and Florida will also benefit production for tomatoes, summer squash, and corn. 

Production for green beans has been hit by a couple of hurricanes this season, severely affecting their production. Depending how well they recover will determine how their production continues.

Mushrooms continue to expect a rough holiday season as demand continues to grow but crimini and portobello shortages remain. 

Finally, oranges have turned the corner in their supply gap. As domestic season is in full swing, oranges start to catch up on the demand gap imposed by the USDA Food Box Program and a rough transition period from import to domestic harvest.

Peddler’s Son Is Here For You

As a family-owned wholesale produce distributor since 1988, Peddler’s Son is here to help your business grow. We provide exceptional customer service through transparency and integrity and continue to build valuable relationships by supplying Arizona customers with the best quality products. Contact us today to learn more about becoming a customer.

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