SECAUCUS, NJ — Allegiance Retail Services LLC's 2018 Holiday Food Show was well attended, with 48 fresh produce booths displaying a wide variety of items from around the country. The annual event was held Thursday, June 21 — the first day of summer — at the Meadowlands Exposition Center, here.
"We're really trying to showcase holiday-related items and some new items as well," Dean Holmquist, vice president of perishables at Allegiance, told The Produce News during the show. "It gives an opportunity for our members to see some new items."
The 2018 show was the first one attended by Kelly Davis, who was named director of produce and floral back in late April. "I'm looking forward to meeting produce managers and store personnel that I haven't had a chance to meet," she said.
Allegiance Retail Services LLC is a retailer-owned cooperative headquartered in Iselin, NJ.
Dean Holmquist, vice president of perishables at Allegiance Retail Services; Kelly Davis, newly named director of produce and floral at Allegiance; and Tom Beaver, director of marketing at the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Paul Pogrebneak of Four Seasons Produce.
Bill Walker of the New Jersey Department of Agriculture.
Tim Harrington of Stemilt Growers LLC. displaying some Skylar Rae cherries.
Chad Cotton of Mountain View Fruit Sales with a display of Summeripe California yellow peaches.
Laura Hastie of The Nunes Co. displaying Foxy brand Romaine hearts.
Siloe Perez, Mike Coppola and Larry Longo of Procacci Bros. Sales Corp.
T.J. Wilson and Leandra Abreu of Oppy with Zespri Sungold variety golden kiwifruit and New Zealand Jazz apples.
Michele Dalia of Mastronardi Produce displaying Sunset brand Campari tomatoes.
Doug Stewart of Giorgio Fresh displaying Blendabella, a blend of diced Portabella mushrooms, vegetables and herbs.
Marylynn Triolo and Darren DeFilippis of Wonderful Sales displaying Pom Wonderful blueberry juice and Wonderful no-shells pistachios.
Greg Veneziano of Bozzuto's Inc. with John McCann of Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. Inc.
Rob Haarburger, Jill Mazer and Gina Del Mauro of Earthbound Farm.
Randy Levine and Ed Kellenbenz of Bozzuto's Inc.
David O'Toole of Ready Pac Foods.
Dan Albinder and Pat Ferrara of Hudson River Fruit Distributors.
Ethan Williams of Pretty Lady Vineyards.
Jim Blair of Wholly Guacamole.
Shelby Keimel and Carleigh DeCamp of JOH Metro Produce, the broker for Dole Fresh.
Glen Reynolds of Potandon Produce.
This sign at the entrance welcomed attendees to the Allegiance Retail Services 2018 Holiday Food Show, held Thursday, June 21, at the Meadowlands Exposition Center in Secaucus, NJ.