Delaware North Cos. has awarded produce specialist Pro-Act a national contract to supply fresh produce for its U.S. foodservice operations. Terms of the contract were not disclosed, but DNC estimated that Pro-Act will be supplying 500,000 or more cases of fresh produce annually once the contract is fully implemented. DNC operates restaurants and concessions at U.S. sports venues, entertainment destinations, national and state parks, hotels and airports in more than 150 locations. Pro-Act, based in Monterey, CA, sources and delivers fresh produce for the foodservice industry through established local and regional produce distributors across the United States and Canada.
"Working with Pro-Act will enable Delaware North to streamline our produce supply chain and potentially increase our use of sustainable and regionally grown produce," says Michael Reinert, DNC’s vice president of supply management services.
Some DNC locations were already working with Pro-Act, including the Sportservice unit’s eight Major League Baseball accounts, which began using the program when the season started in April. The Pro-Act program is being rolled out to DNC's other locations through the summer. The Pro-Act network's 70 distribution centers are currently able to supply 90 percent of DNC's locations, and the company is working to identify new distributors to cover the rest.