Bozzuto’s Inc., a food distributor serving the Northeast and Mid-Atlantic states, hosted its annual Independent Retailer Conference on April 20 and 21 at Foxwoods Resort Casino in Mashantucket, Connecticut. The event provided an opportunity to re-connect the supplier/retailer community and impart thanks for the essential services these professionals have provided.
With the latest products and deals on full display, the Food Show generated elevated interest in all facets of the business, including: perishables, grocery, frozen, dairy, specialty, non-foods/general merchandise, health and beauty care and trade services.
Following CDC and Foxwoods regulations for gatherings, numerous precautions were in place for the show:
- One-way, one-sided aisles;
- Engagement zone floor decals to assist with proper physical distancing;
- Hand sanitizing stations; and
- Plexi-glass protective barriers and 8-foot-high separation drapes at all booths.
“We are so pleased with the level of interest our suppliers and retail partners have expressed in this year’s Food Show,” said Steve Heggelke, Bozzuto’s EVP of merchandising and procurement. “This feels like the beginning of the return to normalcy, and there is nothing more important or valuable than bringing our friends, families and colleagues together again.”
The two-day conference hosted more than 300 suppliers on the showroom floor and the opportunity to learn about the latest industry trends and take advantage of special offers and new products for the fall season.
Bozzuto’s is known for its philanthropic efforts in the community; the company has long- standing relationships with many charitable organizations and provides needed food and supplies to various local food banks throughout the year. All product samples featured at this year’s show will be donated to CT Food Bank.
Bozzuto’s upcoming Merchandising Marketplace Food Show is on Aug. 3 and 4. Partners can learn more at foodshow.bozzutos.info.
Bozzuto’s Inc. is a family-owned, full-service, wholesale food distribution company headquartered in Cheshire, Connecticut, that serves more than 1,500 supermarket retailers in 10 states. Bozzuto’s is a supporter of IGA and is a seven-time winner of IGA’s highest honor, The President’s Cup.
For scenes from the show, click below.