Sales activity is brisk at D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York Inc. The company moves commodities from its headquarters at the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx, NY, offering a full array of high-quality fruits and vegetables to buyers in the New York metropolitan area and beyond.
“Everything is good at D’Arrigo Bros.,” company President Matthew D’Arrigo told The Produce News June 10.
D’Arrigo Bros. works with its customers on an individual basis to provide the highest level of service and provides brokerage service to customers outside the region.
The company’s extensive commodity list includes apples, avocados, bananas, berries, melons, onions, potatoes and tomatoes. D’Arrigo Bros. is the exclusive wholesale distributor of broccoli rabe, an Italian leafy green vegetable, which is marketed under the “Andy Boy” label. Broccoli rabe is sourced from D’Arrigo Bros. of California. The company also markets gooseberries and golden raspberries.
Mr. D’Arrigo provided a snapshot for commodity movement during mid-June. “The potato deal is finishing up, and it’s strengthening,” he stated. Blackberries sourced from Mexico are cleaning up. California strawberry volume has been good, Mr. D’Arrigo said, adding, “The strawberry season is perking along.” Supplies of some imported blueberries are finishing, and D’Arrigo Bros. is set to begin movement of domestic product.
“Right now we’re in the middle of the [California] cherry crop that had the rug pulled out from under it,” Mr. D’Arrigo continued. The crop was severely damaged by recent torrential rainfall, and volume losses are expected.
On the East Coast, drought conditions are affecting the southern peach deal. “The peach crop will be short,” he went on to say. “Sizing will be down.” Raspberry supplies are expected to be good as the harvest comes into its peak.
About 60 percent of commodities sold by D’Arrigo Bros. goes to retail, and the balance is sold to foodservice.