On The Front Lines, MIKE ROBERTS Of Harps Provides Glimpse Of What’s Happening
Jim Prevor’s Perishable Pundit, April 13, 2020
Director of Produce Operations
Harps Food Stores, Inc.
Q: What items are currently selling and which are not selling as much — and why? What is driving sales of these items? How do you anticipate this will change in the next few weeks and what are you doing and planning as a result?
A: Potatoes, onions and carrots are leading the way. Citrus came on strong last week. People are cooking at home more and snacking at home more as well. I anticipate this trend to continue.
Q: With a downturn in foodservice demand currently, how have you as a retailer been able to respond to supply your customers? For example, are you selling more produce via online?
A: Instacart orders are up significantly.
Q: What is most important to you at this time in working with your grower/shippers/wholesalers?
A: Keeping the strong partnerships we have.