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On the Hot seat

In produce industry, demand for local is growing

Manny Costa, chief executive of Costa Fruit and Produce, joined the family produce distribution business after graduating from Boston University in 1974 at the urging of his father. He took over as chief executive and president in 1981 and oversaw the growth of the company from $2 million in sales to more than $120 million with 3,000 clients today. Globe reporter Taryn Luna spoke with Costa about growth and challenges in the industry.

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