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Tony Taviano joins B&B Imports

Cincinnati-based importer B&B Imports recently hired Tony Taviano to manage its new brokerage office in Visalia, CA.

Tony-TavianoB&B Imports, a sister company of Dave’s Specialty Imports, has served a number of retail and wholesale customers since 1996, and has played a supportive role in the success of Dave’s Specialty Imports.

“My father and I have known Tony for many years,” Mike Bowe, president of B&B Imports, said in a company press release. “When he approached us with this idea for B&B, we knew he was someone we could trust to take the company into a new direction.”

Taviano is beginning his 28th season in Visalia, sourcing product from Nogales, Coachella and the San Joaquin Valley. Over the years, he has sourced a variety of grapes, cherries, stone fruit, citrus, melons, clementines, and pears. His career first began in Fort Wayne, IN, in the retail grocery business, and progressed in several wholesale operations in St. Louis and Indianapolis. He also worked as field merchandiser and account development manager at Ritter Bros. in Bellefontaine, OH, where he first met and worked with Dave and Mike Bowe.

“It has been 28 years since I worked with Mike and Dave at Ritter Bros., and I am honored by the opportunity to work with them again,” Taviano said in a company press release. “I’m excited about developing business for B&B in a market that I know very well. I look forward to the new challenges and opportunities that lie ahead.”

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