MASHANTUCKET, CT — Bozzuto's Inc. celebrated its 75th anniversary at the company's Independent Retailer Conference, held Tuesday, March 3, and Wednesday, March 4, at Foxwoods, here. The milestone event featured a trade show during both afternoons and a dinner dance gala Tuesday evening.
The wholesale grocer was founded in Waterbury, CT, when Adam J. Bozzuto began distributing sugar and flour surplus from his grandfather's retail store, John Bozzuto & Sons, according to company literature. The company moved to Cheshire, CT, in 1963. Adam Bozzuto died in 2002 at the age of 88.
During the gala, a number of Bozzuto's executives shared their memories of working at the company and especially working with Adam Bozzuto, who was noted for his "very caring nature." The company is currently headed by Adam's son Michael A. Bozzuto, who is chairman, president and chief executive officer.
Steve Heggelke, Michael Bozzuto and Greg Veneziano of Bozzuto's Inc. in front of one of the company's original trucks.
Tim Harrington of Stemilt Growers.
Danielle Ritell of Bolthouse Farms.
Mike DeLeo of D'Ottavio Farms with Scott Marino of Bozzuto's Inc.
Ethan Williams of Sunlight International.
Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.
Jim Bates of Goodness Gardens with James Ferrier of Organicgirl.
Mark Grijalva of Summeripe.
Joe Russo of Bozzuto's Inc. with Mike Gianatti of MamaMia Produce.
Dan Gutt of Northeast Produce Inc.
Justin Dougherty of Mission Produce.
Karen Bradley of Marzetti, Randy Levine of Bozzuto's and Brian Donohue of Wtrmln Wtr.
Ken Gray of Bushwick Commission with Jeffry Weiner of Progressive Food Products.
Mike Ieradi of Sunkist Growers.
Leighanne Thomsen of Calavo Growers with Diane Szawlowski of Szawlowski Potato Farms.
Doug Stewart and Marybeth March of Giorgio Fresh Co.
Ken Reagan and Kevin Keough of State Garden/Olivia's Organics.
Dan McAllister, Greg Veneziano and Randy Levine of Bozzuto's Inc., which is celebrating its 75th anniversary. The number 75 can be seen in the peppers in the display.