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Duda brings convenience to celery category

At the PMA Foodservice Expo this year, the Duda Farm Fresh Foods team will share how the company is reinventing celery with convenience.

“Let’s talk stalk,” Susan Noritake, director of fresh cut sales, said in a press release. school-foodservice-single-s
With nearly 90 years of growing experience, Duda Farm Fresh Foods is one of the larger growers and processors of celery in the United States and around the world. Duda’s fresh-cut celery products are marketed under the "Dandy" brand and sold and served in retail and foodservice establishments throughout North America year-round.

Through years of extensive breeding, consumer and marketplace research, Duda has the capability to grow celery in different regions of the country, without compromising the sweet taste consumers enjoy. Because of the company’s continual investment in breeding superior celery seed varieties along with innovative processing technologies, Duda delivers flavorful, disease-resistant fresh-cut celery to the marketplace.

The school foodservice segment especially loves "Dandy" celery, Noritake said, because the single-serve celery stick packs make it easy for school lunch programs to incorporate more vegetables into menus. The "Dandy" 1.6-ounce, 2.5-ounce and three-ounce single-serving celery stick packs are perfect for any school’s healthy meal or snack program.

Fresh citrus is another staple ingredient in restaurant kitchens everywhere. Duda Farm Fresh Foods has a large variety of citrus items available, including lemons, oranges, grapefruit, Meyer lemons and clementines; all products will be on display at the Expo in Duda’s booth (No. 137).

On Saturday, July 26, sponsor chefs will demonstrate a dish in small groups at the buffets. Afterward, attendees will be encouraged to create a version from a deconstructed buffet. Chef Todd Fisher will be making Lemon Grass Steamed Chicken Bahn Mi Bun with "Dandy" Radish and Celery “Quickles.”

As part of the supply chain, Dandy delivers with in-house freight experts and a logistics team.  In addition to its own small trucking fleet, the company has direct relationships with various trucking companies that have dedicated specific trucks to Duda for delivery.

“Our consistent truck supply means on-time deliveries and excellent customer service,” Jeff Goodale, business development manager, said in the release. “From across town to across the world, let our team take care of your logistics.”

For more information about Duda Farm Fresh Foods, visit and Booth No. 137 at the PMA Foodservice Expo in Monterey, CA.