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Longtime Publix Executive Joins Bay Food Brokerage

Bay Food Brokerage's Nicki Crespo
Nicki Crespo

Bay Food Brokerage has expanded its leadership team by hiring longtime Publix Super Markets executive Nicki Crespo as director of fresh meat and private label.

In her new position, Crespo will play a role in Bay Food’s private label opportunities and help guide the company in all initiatives involving meat departments in major supermarkets throughout the Southeast. She also will work with the company’s team to grow sales with its manufacturer clients.

“We are so thrilled and proud to welcome Nicki to the Bay Food family,” said Cammie Chatterton, CEO and president.

“Her immense wealth of experience working with one of the top retailers in our region spans so many areas of expertise that will be invaluable to our team and our clients as we continue our commitment to growing sales while providing best-in-class service along the way.”

Crespo spent nearly 24 years at Publix, where she most recently served as category manager over the dairy, processed and frozen meat categories.

She began her career with the grocer in 2000, working in the meat department at a Tampa store. She advanced to meat manager and then moved into the retailer’s corporate office eight years later as a meat/seafood technical specialist. 

Crespo worked as a retail improvement specialist until 2016, when she transitioned back to the corporate office.

“What appealed to me about working for Bay Food was that, after nearly 24 years working almost every job available at Publix in the meat department, working for a brokerage was a side of the industry I’d never experienced,” Crespo said. 

“Bay Food is so involved with their suppliers and vendors, and the amount of attention they give their clients is remarkable – they’re simply best in industry. They’re also very family-oriented, which was something I was looking for.”

About Bay Food Brokerage

Based in Tampa, Florida, Bay Food Brokerage is the sales and marketing partner for hundreds of food manufacturers worldwide. It works with the largest grocers in the Southeast to create and enhance opportunities for clients.

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