Alex DiNovo

Alex DiNovo

Alex DiNovo is president and COO of DNO Produce group of companies, Columbus, Ohio.

Food stamps for restaurants

To stay afloat, many restaurants have reduced offerings, cut hours and increased pricing. For most , none of this is sustainable for the long term. What are we going to do as a country to help restaurants out?

Local produce matters

I have lost count of the number of times that I have been in a debate about local produce.
Jun 08, 2020 by Alex DiNovo #Opinion, #Local, #Produce Retail

Sustaining the gains in school meal programs

The world as we know it is changing before our very eyes, thanks to COVID-19’s effects.
May 25, 2020 by Alex DiNovo #Opinion, #COVID-19, #Foodservice

Stand firm in connection with one another

Ohio, where I live and work, has issued an order for everyone in the state to shelter in place. Restaurants and schools have been closed, large gatherings are prohibited — and the world of produce has suddenly changed.

Personal relationships are everything

The produce industry is full of interesting, colorful and amazing people whose livelihoods are in one way or another tied to feeding the world nourishing and healthy fresh fruits and vegetables.

Increasing consumption starts with kids

As a result of having five (going on six) children under the age of 8, I find myself spending a good deal of my time engaging with, listening to and observing them.

Alex DiNovo's 2050 produce predictions

As one year closes and another begins, it is a good time to take stock of everything that has happened and look forward to plan and predict what the future might hold.

Put your mouth where your money is

Your money is invested in food politics whether you like it or not, so I encourage you to put your mouth where your money is and get involved.

Alex DiNovo: Is it luck or business skill?

Fresh produce is an industry that leaves a lot up to chance, in spite of our best intentions and efforts to control things.

Why do people stay in fresh produce?

When I first entered into a sales role in the produce business, one of the things that my father (and boss) told me is that you want to treat everyone — even a competitor — like they are your best customer.
Aug 16, 2019 by Alex DiNovo #Opinion