ORGANIC PRODUCE

As a leading food specialty distributor in New York our primary function lies in providing fresh fruits and vegetables to our clients.  We also specialize in providing our clients with organic produce. Our organic produce is always fresh, the best quality and ready-made for you to serve your clientele.  From sweet fruits to the most common vegetables, root vegetables to mushrooms, salads to tropical fruits we’ve got great organic options for you. Our organic products are ideal for bulk-fresh produce departments, organic produce sections requiring retail-ready products, and organic fruits that are ideal and are readily accessible for making delicious smoothies.

Let us begin by the understanding what are the benefits
of organic fruits and vegetables and why does the consumer
value organic products.  

The term “organic” refers to the way agricultural items are grown and then processed. Regulations may vary from country to country but in the United States, organic crops must be grown and produced without the use of synthetic pesticides.  They are free of any bioengineered genes (GMOs), avoiding petroleum-based fertilizers, and do not come in contact with sewage sludge-based fertilizers. Most find these to have health benefits and are happy to spend more money on their produce to receive products that are healthier to consume and are better for their overall health and the digestive system.  Exposure to harmful pesticides will typically be lower when eating organic food. There are some fruits and vegetables that have the highest levels of pesticide levels and so it best to buy organic. Those fruits are apples, grapes, nectarines, strawberries, and peaches. And for vegetables, it is recommended to go organic with kale and collard greens, sweet bell peppers, cucumbers, cherry tomatoes, summer squash, celery, potatoes, spinach, and your hot peppers.

Extensive pesticide residue testing by the U.S. Department of Agriculture has discovered that nonorganic fruits and vegetables produced are three to four times more likely on average to contain residues than organic produce.   They are also eight to eleven times more likely to contain several pesticide residues, and also contain increased levels of residues that are three to ten times higher than corresponding residues in organic samples. This is definitely a statistic one should ponder when going organic.  Also, research done in the US demonstrated that substituting organic fresh fruits and vegetables for conventional ones actually reduced the children’s exposure to organophosphate pesticides (widely used insecticides in agriculture), has been beneficial to their health. The consumption of organophosphate pesticides has been associated with various physiological disorders in children.

It is no wonder a wider segment of society opts for
organic options. And this is where we come in.  

We strive to meet the needs of our customers and follow long-lasting trends in the industry. It is our goal to service the best products without compromising our products’ taste, variety, and quality. For example, in a recent study on organic strawberries, it has been proven that organic strawberries are healthier, tastier, and juicier and are even better for the soil than conventional strawberries.

Let’s get into the gritty details of the differences between organic produce and regular conventional produce.  Organic products are grown with natural fertilizers (manure compost) while their conventional counterparts are grown with synthetic or chemical fertilizers, which can cause harm to one’s health.  In organic produce, the weeds are controlled naturally (crop rotation, hand weeding, mulching and tilling and by the conventional produce the weeds are controlled with chemical herbicides. Also in organic produce, the pests are controlled using natural methods such as birds, insects, or traps and naturally derived pesticides whereas the conventional products the pests are controlled with synthetic pesticides. Pesticides are products that were designed to kill certain organisms that harm produce.

You might ask yourself what the benefits are for organic produce and if it is worth the extra expense. The bottom line is that organic produce contains much fewer pesticides than conventional produce. Chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides are widely used in conventional agriculture and unfortunately; residues remain on the fruits or vegetables when we consume them.  Often time organic food is slightly fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives and that makes it fresher and healthier as well. Organic produce is often produced on smaller farms near where it is sold and we like and enjoy working closely with local farms as well.

It is no wonder a wider segment of society opts for
organic options. And this is where we come in.  

We strive to meet the needs of our customers and follow long-lasting trends in the industry. It is our goal to service the best products without compromising our products’ taste, variety, and quality. For example, in a recent study on organic strawberries, it has been proven that organic strawberries are healthier, tastier, and juicier and are even better for the soil than conventional strawberries.

Let’s get into the gritty details of the differences between organic produce and regular conventional produce.  Organic products are grown with natural fertilizers (manure compost) while their conventional counterparts are grown with synthetic or chemical fertilizers, which can cause harm to one’s health.  In organic produce, the weeds are controlled naturally (crop rotation, hand weeding, mulching and tilling and by the conventional produce the weeds are controlled with chemical herbicides. Also in organic produce, the pests are controlled using natural methods such as birds, insects, or traps and naturally derived pesticides whereas the conventional products the pests are controlled with synthetic pesticides. Pesticides are products that were designed to kill certain organisms that harm produce.

You might ask yourself what the benefits are for organic produce and if it is worth the extra expense. The bottom line is that organic produce contains much fewer pesticides than conventional produce. Chemicals such as fungicides, herbicides, and insecticides are widely used in conventional agriculture and unfortunately; residues remain on the fruits or vegetables when we consume them.  Often time organic food is slightly fresher because it doesn’t contain preservatives and that makes it fresher and healthier as well. Organic produce is often produced on smaller farms near where it is sold and we like and enjoy working closely with local farms as well.

Organic farming is also known to be better for our environment.

Organic farming practices to reduce pollution, conserve more water, reduce soil erosion, increase soil fertility, and use less energy than conventional agriculture. Farming without pesticides is also known to be better for the birds and animals that are nearby as well as people who live close to their farm farms.   Organic food is also GMO-free (Genetically Modified Organisms). GMOs or genetically engineered (GE) foods are plants whose DNA has been altered in ways that cannot and does not occur in mother nature or in traditional crossbreeding, generally in order to be a repellant to pesticides. And these are the reasons as to why consumers are willing to pay a little more to receive the benefits of organic produce.

We are happy to provide your business with a variety of options when it comes to organic fruits and vegetables. You can find juicy crisp organic apples to the best organic potatoes to meet your day-to-day needs, or you can seek out your favorite heirloom organic tomatoes for any of your clientele. We provide our customers with a broad range of commonly used fruits and vegetables to even exotic tropical fruits in organic so that you can provide this service to your clients feeling confident that you’ve received the best organic products in the industry.

As a wholesale food distributor that provides organic we will help you choose from our wide range of quality organic fruits and vegetables we carry in a way that saves you time and money. Our main target is to help your business grow and to aide your diners, customers, students or guests that are seeking organic products.

Our focus is to help small or large-scale independent operators seeking organic products so that they can keep their costs low without ever sacrificing the quality your clientele desire for organic products.

Organic produce has become extremely popular and sought after nowadays. Because we specialize in organic products it allows us to choose from a very targeted list of organic products and thereby allowing us to supply our clients with the best organic products available for your business.  We always choose our fresh and crisp organic produce with care in order to ensure quality and consistency for our clients. Organic tends to be expensive but our goal is to maintain low prices even when it comes to organic to help busy restaurant owners, chefs of trendy restaurants, catering managers, deli owners, retail companies, proprietors and event planners to control their costs and budgets. We realize that all these aspects matter and every detail makes a significant impact on your bottom line. We don’t want you to compromise your standards when choosing organic because of the rise of high costs.

Our clients seeking organic produce range from chefs at local or fancy restaurants, various supermarkets, local grocery stores, convenience stores and shops, schools, hotels or hospital cafeterias.  All these businesses want to provide organic produce to their clients. The bottom line is that consumers nowadays are very educated and conscious about the foods they consume. They are aware that organic food may lead a healthier way to live life and enjoy what they eat because they do not contain harmful pesticides and chemicals; they are not GMO engineered. Also, organic food tends to be richer in nutrient value; help sustain the environment, keep the soil rich and supports biodiversity, create a healthier community and quality lifestyle.

We currently deliver our conventional and organic products with a fleet of more than twenty eco-friendly hybrid trucks that allow us to deliver your items exactly when you need it.

Hybrid trucks are a vehicle that uses gasoline but they will utilize less gasoline than a standard vehicle because the hybrid also utilizes electrical energy.  We care about our environment and the food service we provide our customers. We are proud to deliver overnight service to any of our customers in New York and the surrounding areas. That includes all of the following locations: Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, the Bronx, Staten Island, New Jersey, Connecticut, and Philadelphia. We work round the clock to satisfy your needs the best possible way we can.

Our “late orders policy” at Z-A Specialty Foods is also applied to organic products.  This unique policy that we offer our clients allows you to place your order until 11 PM EST giving our customers the advantage of ordering quantities they need for constant freshness all year round.  We sell in bulk with fast delivery within 12 hours. We practice the best services in the industry and never say no to our clients. Contact us today for any questions or concerns you may and get started with your application process. Email us at info@zaproduce.com or call us at (800) 728-7212.  We are only a phone call away. Begin the application process now and begin providing your clients with the best organic produce available to them.

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