MASHANTUCKET, CT -- Bozzuto's Inc. held its 2018 Independent Retailer Conference March 6-7 at Foxwoods, here, featuring its annual Excellence Awards gala as well as a trade show representing all areas of the supermarket, with fresh produce exhibitors from all over the country in attendance, as always.
Among the prestigious awards presented at the gala, Patty Moyano of Cirillo's Market in Amagansett, NY, 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.
Wholesale grocer Bozzuto's, headquartered in Cheshire, CT, was established in 1945 and is headed by Michael A. Bozzuto, the company's chairman, president and chief executive officer.
Ken Reagan and Kevin Keough of State Garden/Olivia's Organics.
Nelly Czajkowski of DiSilva Fruit with Liz Greeley of Gold Bell Inc.
Laurie Genovese of Dandrea Produce.
Ethan Williams of Pretty Lady Vineyards.
Rich Congers (center) of King Kullen Grocery Co. Inc., flanked by Pat Steider and Dave Goforth of Summeripe.
Mike Ierardi of Sunkist Growers displaying 'Lumby Bumpy' brand Gold Nugget mandarins.
Ryan Gallagher of Bozzuto's Inc. with Tim Harrington of Stemilt Growers, who was displaying 'Lil Snapper' brand Gala apples.
Kristen Poliafico of Campbell Soup Co. with Keith Renaud of Acosta Fresh Produce.
Camille Crawford of Freshline Produce with Efrain Guevara of The Richmond Shops IGA.
Ken Gray of Bushwick Commission with Paul Coffman Jr. of LGS Specialty Sales.
Doug Stewart of Giorgia Fresh Co., holding Blend A Bella, with Greg Veneziano of Bozzuto's Inc.
Michael Giannelli of Bozzuto's Inc. with Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc., who was displaying conventional peeled garlic.
John Salvati and Mike D'Ottavio of M. D'Ottavio Produce Inc. with Greg Veneziano of Bozzuto's Inc.
Dan Gutt of Northeast Produce Inc. displaying 'Cutie' brand mini-cucumbers.
Justin Fisher of House Foods, Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales and Michael Ryshouwer of Flavorful Brands LLC.
Monica Robles and Jennifer Anazawa of Mission Produce displaying conventional and organic Hass avocados.
Standing: Matthew Holt of Coast to Coast Produce, Mike Taylor of Caraluzzi's Markets and Dan McAllister of Bozzuto's Inc. Seated: Marc Cloutier of Bozzuto's Inc., Shaun McGill of LaBonne's Market and Jeff Hajjar of Bozzuto's Inc.
David Henshaw and Jim Bates of Goodness Gardens displaying basil and brussels sprouts.
Patty Moyano of Cirillo's Market in Amagansett, NY, was named Bozzuto's Inc.'s Produce Manager of the Year. Greg Veneziano, vice president of perishables at Bozzuto's, presented the award.