EDISON, NJ — A large number of industry people gathered Thursday, July 17, for Allegiance Retail Services LLC's annual holiday food show, held here at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center.
"Close to 600 people will be coming in and out during the course of the day," Victor Savanello, the Iselin, NJ-based cooperative's director of produce and floral, told The Produce News as the show was getting started.
All aspects of the supermarket were represented at the annual show, including meat, dairy, deli, frozen, bakery and, of course, fresh produce. This year's show featured about 250 booths, according to Savanello.
Elena Alfano, Chris Visone and Jill Mazer of Earthbound Farm displayed some of the company's products.
Dan McAllister of Bozzuto's Inc. Visitors to the wholesale grocer's booth could see its interactive virtual produce department. The Allegiance holiday show was the first show that Bozzuto's was displaying this technology.
Greg Veneziano (center), vice president of perishables at Bozzuto's Inc., paused for this photo at the Jersey Fresh booth with Dean Holmquist, vice president of perishables at Allegiance Retail Services LLC, and Victor Savanello, Allegiance's director of produce and floral.
Chatting on the trade show floor at the Allegiance Retail Services LLC's holiday food show, held July 17 at the New Jersey Convention & Exposition Center in Edison, NJ, were Victor Savanello, Allegiance's director of produce and floral, and Dean Holmquist, the Allegiance's vice president of perishables.
Wendell Hahn and Paul Pogrebneak of Four Seasons Produce Inc.
Bill Walker, Gillian Armstrong, Ernie Arians, Christine Fries and Al Murray of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Gail Snidersich, Jasmine Hines, John Annette and Barbara Medina of R. Best Produce Inc.
Jim Blair of Fresherized Foods.
Mike Buszuwski and Dave Yeager of Farm Fresh Direct with David Cross of Albert Bartlett Co.
Pat Ferrara of Hudson River Fruit Distributors.
Bill Litvin and Celeste Serrano of Giorgio Fresh.