MASHANTUCKET, CT -- Bozzuto's Inc. held its 2017 Independent Retailer Conference March 7-8 at Foxwoods, here, featuring its annual Excellence Awards gala as well as a trade show representing all areas of the grocery store, with fresh produce very well represented, as always.
Among the many awards presented at the gala, Heather Culp of Kennie's Marketplace in Gettysburg, PA, was named Bozzuto's Inc.'s Produce Manager of the Year. The award was presented by Greg Veneziano, vice president of perishables at Bozzuto's.
Bozzuto's, the wholesale grocer headquartered in Cheshire, CT, was established in 1945 and is headed by Michael A. Bozzuto, the company's chairman, president and chief executive officer. It serves more than 1,000 retailers in 12 states.
Rob Brett and Pat Steider of Summeripe.
Ethan Williams of Sunlight International.
Kevin Keough and Ken Reagan of State Garden/Olivia's Organics.
Tim Harrington of Stemilt Growers with Pink Lady apples.
Mike Blume of Keystone Fruit Co.
Ron Mercer of Wayne E. Bailey Produce Co.
Brian Gannon of Pero Family Farms.
Doug Stewart of Giorgio Fresh Co. with organic mushrooms.
Ken Gray of Bushwick Commission.
Dominick Petrocelli of Bozzuto's Inc.; Chuck Galluba of Crystal Farms; Rich Conger of King Kullen Grocery Co. Inc.; Michael Bozzuto, Steve Heggelke and Greg Veneziano of Bozzuto's; and Lou Biano of Coast to Coast Produce.
Thomas Kennedy and Cynthia Nunes of Dole Fresh Fruit, Greg Veneziano of Bozzuto's Inc. and Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales.
Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc. and Tom Mara of Bozzuto's Inc.
Dan Gutt and Mike Melninkaitis of Northeast Produce Inc.
Jim Bates and Dave Henshaw of Goodness Gardens.
Joe Sferrazza of Mamamia Produce LLC.
Camille Jackson of Freshline Produce LLC.
Karen Bradley of Marzetti.
Leighanne Thomsen and Monica Robles of Mission Produce Co.
Tom Dechen and Mike D'Ottavio of M. D'Ottavio Produce Inc; Greg Veneziano of Bozzuto's Inc.; Rich Conger of King Kullen Grocery Co. Inc.; and Dominick Petrocelli of Bozzuto's.
Mike Ierardi of Sunkist Growers.
Heather Culp of Kennie's Marketplace in Gettysburg, PA, was named Bozzuto's Inc.'s Produce Manager of the Year. She is shown with Greg Veneziano, vice president of perishables at Bozzuto's.