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D’Arrigo Bros. continues strong commitment to local growers

D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York, located on the Hunts Point Terminal Market in the Bronx, NY, has its roots in locally grown produce. A multi-generational family-owned-and-operated company, it has served the New York metropolitan area for over 50 years. It delivers everything the fresh fruit and vegetable industry has to offer with its fleet of 50 trucks.

Gabriela D’Arrigo, marketing and communications director and organic buyer, said the company has always supported local growers.

“There are a few growers that we highlight here at D’Arrigo Bros. that also give us the exclusivity of their product,” she said. “We produce signage here in the Bronx, as well as highlighting these growers through our digital platforms.”

In addition to supporting local growers, D’Arrigo Bros. has a tropical fruit and vegetable program and it handles Eastern, Western and Texas vegetables and fruits.

P1050016Gabriela D’Arrigo, marketing and communications director and organic buyer for D’Arrigo Bros.The company also handles berries, tomatoes, melons, potatoes, onions and much more, including a wide range of imported items.

The company also recently expanded outside of the market and is now fully immersed in both the conventional and organic banana business.

“Although what we have to offer from local growers is always dependent on the weather, they typically start moving their produce in April and run through the middle of fall,” noted D’Arrigo. “We source everything that the tri-state local growing season has to offer.”

She also pointed out that D’Arrigo continues to make improvements to the interior of its 75,000-square-foot facility inside Hunts Point, and that it is an ongoing process. The company now has its Good Manufacturing Practices certification, and its goal is to maintain and improve it going forward.

“At this point we are well versed in dealing with program changes from region to region,” explained D’Arrigo. “We source product from all over the world on a regular basis in order to have as many items as we can for as close to year-round as possible.”

The company’s extensive customer base includes all types and levels of retailers and foodservice operations, including restaurants, country clubs, school systems, steamship lines, airlines, commissaries, sidewalk stands and smaller produce wholesalers.

D’Arrigo Bros. has worked with local growers since its inception, so sourcing and selling locally grown fruits and vegetables is second nature. D’Arrigo said supporting local farmers is a part of the company’s culture.

“Growers are always trying to extend the growing season, especially when the crop is good and the markets strong,” she pointed out. “We support the growers that we have worked with from day one, and we do the best we can to help them grow their business. It’s all about having an organic and authentic relationship.”