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Big Y Food Safety Director To Retire; Company Seeks Replacement

Cas Tryba, Big Y
Cas Tryba

After 26 years at Big Y, Cas Tryba, director of food safety and quality assurance, has announced his retirement as of July 26.

Tryba created the food safety department at Big Y, headquartered in Springfield, Massachusetts. During his tenure, he developed extensive food safety training programs, processes and procedures for the chain along with a quality assurance program for  suppliers. Tryba is widely known and respected by industry organizations throughout the country as well as federal, state and local agencies and health departments.

Charles L. D’Amour, president and CEO said, “Food safety is a tremendously important part of our business, particularly given the increasing complexity of our food supply and operations. Big Y has been fortunate to have Cas develop our stellar food safety program that has become the standard for our industry. His many industry awards and achievements are testament to his passion and abilities.”

Tryba has been an active participant and advisor to many food industry organizations during his tenure at Big Y. He is a member of the board and the sole industry representative on the North East Food and Drug Officials Association (NEFDOA), a member of The Conference for Food Protection (CFP), a past chair and member of the Food Marketing Institute’s Food Protection Committee, chair of Topco’s Quality Assurance Advisory Council, a member of the International Association of Food Protection (IAFP), Association of Food & Drug Officials (AFDO), Massachusetts Food Association Food Safety Committee and Massachusetts Department of Public Health Food Establishment Advisory Committee. In addition, he has been a recipient of the FDA Collaboration Award for his role in reducing risk factors at retail locations.

Big Y is currently conducting a search to find a new director of food safety for the chain’s 80 locations, including 70 World Class supermarkets. Qualified candidates may contact Kecia Bossie at [email protected].

Big Y Foods is an independently owned supermarket chain in New England. It operates 80 locations in Massachusetts and Connecticut, including 70 supermarkets, 40 pharmacies, Fresh Acres Market, Table & Vine Fine Wines and Liquors and nine Big Y Express gas and convenience locations with more than 11,000 employees.

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