MASHANTUCKET, CT — Bozzuto's Inc. held its 2014 Merchandising Marketplace Aug. 5-6 at the Fox Tower at Foxwoods, here, drawing a good crowd, as always.
Fresh produce was of course well represented at the two-day conference, which also included representatives from many sectors of the supermarket, such as bakery, deli, meat, cheese and frozen foods.
Headquartered in Cheshire, CT, Bozzuto's Inc. is a total service wholesale distributor of food and household products to retailers in New England, New York, New Jersey and Pennsylvania.
Greg Veneziano, vice president of perishables at Bozzuto's Inc., talking to Dan McAllister, a produce merchandiser at Bozzuto's, in front of an old-fashioned watermelon truck still in working condition, at the wholesaler grocer's Merchandising Marketplace.
Don and Julie Donahue of M. D'Ottavio Produce Inc.
Peter D'Anna of Mars Supermarkets, Leighanne Thomsen of Mission Produce and Randy Levine of Bozzuto's Inc.
David Milburn and Joseph Savino of Juisi displayed 32-ounce bottles of cold-press watermelon juice.
Karen Bradley of T. Marzetti with Joe Russo of Bozzuto's Inc.
From Coast to Coast Produce were Eileen Oliver, Lou Bianco, Barb Bianco and Abby DiBenedetto.
Doug Stewart of Giorgio Fresh at the trade show.
Dominick Petrocelli of Bozzuto's Inc., Ken Gray of Bushwick Potato Co. and Joe Schneider of King Kullen Supermarkets.
Dana Mulroy of Supreme Cuts displayed the company's Harvest Medley, which consists of rutabaga, carrots and Butternut squash.
Cheryl and Steve Gray of Dandrea Produce with some of the company's citrus.
Ryan Gallagher and Brooke Anthony of Bolthouse Farms.
Pat Ferrara of Hudson River Fruit Distributors with Bill Hess of Peck's Market.
Kevin Keough and Ken Reagan of State Garden/Olivia's Organics.
Neil Kessler (center) of Dole Fresh Vegetables, flanked by Denyz Rivera and Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales.
Bob DeCosta of Apio Inc.
David Haller and Derek Rodgers of Greene River Marketing.
Bozzuto's Inc. is a sponsor of The 2014 Dream Ride Experience, which benefits Special Olympics and is scheduled for Aug. 23-24 in Farmington, CT. Shown at the trade show next to a 2014 Harley-Davidson motorcycle were Sean Del Greco, a Special Olympics Connecticut athlete, and Lisa Carlone, senior director of special events for Special Olympics Connecticut.
Pete Douglas of Stemilt Growers.
Joe Schneider of King Kullen Supermarkets with Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.
Ronnie Mercer of Wayne E. Bailey Produce displayed petite sweet potatoes that can be steamed right in the bag.
Pat Steider of Summeripe at the trade show.
Joe Mascari of Cedro Bananas.
Mike Ierardi of Sunkist Growers Inc. displayed a bag of baby lemons at the trade show.