MASHANTUCKET, CT — Bozzuto's Inc. held its 2019 Independent Retailer Conference March 5-6 at Foxwoods, here. The event featured the annual Excellence Awards gala as well as a trade show representing all areas of the supermarket, with fresh produce exhibitors from all over the United States well represented, as always.
Among the coveted awards presented at the gala, David Nolan of the Lake Region IGA in Hawley, PA, 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 Inc., headquartered in Cheshire, CT, was established in 1945 and is headed by Michael A. Bozzuto, the company's chairman, president and chief executive officer.
Randy Levine (center) of Bozzuto's Inc., flanked by Kevin Keough and Ken Reagan of Olivia's Organics.
Randy Levine (center) of Bozzuto's Inc., flanked by Rob Brett and Pat Steider of Summeripe.
Jason Landry and Liz Maggio, representing Arrowfarms, Gold Bell and DiSilva Fruit.
Claude Lavallee of Bozzuto's Inc. and Dan Gutt of Northeast Produce Inc.
Gwendolyn Jackimek of Mission Produce displayed bagged Hass avocados.
Ken Gray of Bushwick Commission with a five-pound bag of round white potatoes.
Annie Finstein of Organic Girl with Protein Greens.
Tim Harrington of Stemilt Growers with a three-pound bag of organic Fuji apples.
Mike Ierardi of Sunkist displayed California mandarins.
Matt Royer of Litehouse, Bob McGowan of Northeast Produce Sales and Jeff Weiner of Progressive Food Products.
Ryan Gallagher of Bozzuto's Inc., Robin Cassella of Adams Hometown Market and Bruce Klein of Maurice A. Auerbach Inc.
Marybeth March and Doug Stewart of Giorgio Fresh Co. displayed Portabella jerky.
Greg Veneziano (center) of Bozzuto's Inc., flanked by Velton Koons and Mike D'Ottavio of M. D'Ottavio Produce Inc.
Chris Visone of The Little Potato Co. with a savory herb microwavable tray.
Ethan Williams of Pretty Lady Vineyards displayed seedless grapes.
Karen Bradley and Mike Head of T. Marzetti.
Mike Gianatti of MamaMia Produce with mini cucumbers and mini sweet peppers.
Greg Veneziano, Randy Levine, Dan McAllister and Marc Cloutier of Bozzuto's Inc.
David Nolan (center) of the Lake Region IGA in Hawley, PA, was named Bozzuto's Inc.'s Produce Manager of the Year. He is shown with Greg Veneziano, vice president of perishables at Bozzuto's, who presented the award, and Ed Kellenbenz, a produce merchandiser at Bozzuto's.