Matthew D’Arrigo, vice president of D’Arrigo Bros. Co. of New York Inc., located at the Hunts Point Terminal Produce Market in the Bronx, NY, told The Produce News that he feels that the new New York Produce Show & Conference venue at Pier 94 on the west side of Manhattan will make for a superior setting.
“I have been to the pier for other events, and it’s a really nice place,” said Mr. D’Arrigo. “It has the Hudson River as a backdrop, and it’s next to the West Side Highway, which makes it very convenient for people who are driving in to reach.”
Mr. D’Arrigo said the company will be exhibiting at the show, and promoting its multi-level of services that it provides, such as seven-day-a-week delivery, premium labels, a long history of 64 years of experience and its ability to stay ahead of the industry with cutting edge changes.
He said that he feels the larger show is even more beneficial than when it was smaller.
“People can do as much of the floor show as they want,” he said. “The PMA Fresh Summit is like three football fields long and people do it in two days. About 400 exhibitors in one day is absolutely doable.
“What makes the New York show fun is that it’s in Manhattan, and people love coming to the city,” he continued. “There is still a newness to the show that people enjoy. We really get a kick out of it. Maybe a decade from now we’ll feel different, but for now we’re really enjoying it.”
D’Arrigo Bros. is a full-line wholesale produce distribution enterprise, selling everything there is to find in fresh fruit and vegetables in the world. After more than 50 years in business, its loyal base of over 300 suppliers separates the company from others. It offers the finest selection the industry has to offer every day of the year, he said.
Its company base is the tri-state New York area, which has a population of approximately 18 million, stretching from its location in the Bronx across a 120-mile radius. The firm effectively supplies this region with deliveries every day of the week.
The company also ships mixed loads of produce as far away as Florida, Chicago, Toronto and Montreal.
Mr. D’Arrigo said he is looking forward to another enjoyable New York City produce show.
“It’s just kind of fun to be staying at home, take a ride across town and there you are with people from all over the world,” he said.