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Gourmet Trading Co. sees continuing strong demand from foodservice

Los Angeles-based Gourmet Trading Co. has seen demand holding strong among foodservice customers and will be exhibiting at the Produce Marketing Association’s July 29-31 Foodservice Conference & Exposition in Monterey, CA, were it intends to continue cultivating that business.

Representing the company in booth number 153 at the show will be Julia Inestroza, marketing and merchandising manager; Brian Miller, sales manager; and Kristen Francisco, sales associate.

The company produces year-round supplies of asparagus and blueberries, and it also handles blackberries and raspberries. Its asparagus offerings include white, green and purple, and it offers value-added options in its asparagus line.

“The majority of our foodservice customers are in North America, but we also ship to Europe and Asia,” said Ms. Inestroza. “Due to our product mix, most of the foodservice operations that use our products are high-end, white-tablecloth restaurants.”

She added that despite the down economy in the last couple of years, the company continues to see strong demand from its customers in the foodservice sector.

Gourmet Trading was founded in 1982 as an importer and distributor of fresh fruits and vegetables. Since then, it has operated on the principle that cultivating relationships is as important as cultivating produce.

The company partners with some of the finer growers in South America, Central America, Australia, New Zealand and in the United States in order to consistently deliver the best produce to its customers. Its strong grower relationships, management of its company-owned farms and continual investment in its business enable it to provide high-quality fruits and vegetables all year round.

Gourmet Trading takes corporate responsibility seriously, believing that every activity in the process of cultivating products and getting them to market affects everyone involved. It does things like support the people of Ica, Peru, the region where it grows most of its asparagus. It has also made a commitment to the education of the children in the region, focusing its efforts in the village of Los Castillos, where many of its laborers live. By improving the infrastructure of the school and helping to meet some of the children’s basic needs, the company is helping to create an environment that nurtures learning. It believes that as a company that is in the business of making things grow, investing in the children of its workers is an investment in the future — for the company and for the children.

It is also environmentally savvy and does its part to keep the environment safe and clean. Gourmet Trading uses recyclable plastic cartons instead of non-recyclable wax-coated paper. Its logistic team is tasked with ensuring that its shipments maximize efficiency and minimize fuel consumption.

One of the company’s popular items is its tri-colored asparagus, and visitors at the show can learn more about it by visiting the Gourmet Trading booth. “We will have it again this year for the holiday season,” Ms. Inestroza noted.