D’Arrigo Bros. is growing in more ways than one.
Matthew D’Arrigo, vice president of D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York Inc., located at the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Cooperative Market, said the company has added several new staff members to its team this year.
“Something new for us is that we have gotten into a fairly successful business of selling mushrooms,” said Mr. D’Arrigo. “We have hired Ben Shkolnik, who came from Krisp-Pak after they closed last fall to handle this line. And we now have some of justabout every variety.”
The company also recently hired Steve Granquist, a seasoned produce professional who was previously with C&S Wholesale Grocers. Mr. Granquist also serves on the board of directors for the Eastern Produce Council.
“Peter Letso has also joined our staff,” said Mr. D’Arrigo. “Steve previously worked for retail establishments in the New York area. He joined us in mid-April. It’s good to have someone from the retail side of the business on our team.”
Regarding the early movements caused by the mild winter and spring this year, Mr. D’Arrigo said that the company just takes the crops as they come.
“Crops coming on early could signal an earlier than normal end because they’ll finish sooner,” he said. “We’re traders, not marketers, so when the crop is ready to go, we are ready to go. The greatest concern lies with the guys who are selling the crops. Seasonal overlaps can put secondary pressure on places like Hunts Point. ”
He said that when local produce is available, the company sells it, adding, “If local is more of a factor at certain times of the year, we sell more of it. We’re here to sell what people want and what makes it into our market.”
Mr. D’Arrigo serves as co-president of the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Cooperative Market. He said that the market is in negotiations with the New York City’s Development Council, adding that it is the only group that the market is currently negotiating with.