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Mark your calendars for March 7 for a really nice and worthy charitable event. The Foundation for Fighting Blindness (FFB) Vision for the Future dinner will be held at Terrace on the Park, Flushing Meadow Park, NY and director and trustee of FFB Jason Ferreira of Ferreira Foodtown told us that this year’s honoree will be Fine Fare store owner Rudy Fuertes who is also past president of the National Supermarket Association. There is always a big turnout eat this vent from the entire food industry and this year the FFB will be adding a new and exciting component, “Dining in the Dark.” All attendees will be given blackout masks and be served their meals in the dark. “Dining in the Dark is a powerful dining experience, inviting you into a world of sensitivity you may never have experienced, leading you through a unique journey in the dark,” Jason told us. For more information about A Vision for the Future please contact Katie Van Benschoten at 212,244.1470 or

And a big shout out to Inserra Supermarkets, owner and operator of 22 ShopRite stores, for donating 6,500 turkeys to people in need during the 2018 holiday season. ShopRite volunteers helped load pallets of frozen turkeys into waiting trucks, vans and cars destined for organizations such as the Little Sisters of the Poor, Table to Table, Community Foodbank of New Jersey, the American Legion and the Salvation Army. The turkeys were distributed to 150 community and faith-based organizations located in the areas where Inserra ShopRite stores operate in Bergen, Hudson and Passaic counties in New Jersey, and Rockland County, NY. The turkeys, which were picked up by representatives from local and regional organizations, helped help feed 50,000 people during the holiday season.

“We are honored to join our neighbors and friends today who represent organizations doing important work in the community. We thank these organizations for raising awareness about hunger and making sure these turkeys are delivered to neighbors in need this year,” said Larry Inserra Jr., chairman and CEO of Inserra Supermarkets. Well done, Inserra ShopRite.

We were happy to hear that Joe Kuscuzba has landed a spot with House Foods America as regional sales manager-American market east. Joe was always one of those recognizable faces at Bimbo Bakeries for nearly 30 years where he had risen through the ranks over the years from a route salesman (with the old Entenmann’s Company) all the way up to area sales manager. In his new spot at House Foods he will continue to expand the company’s growth of its wide range of fresh tofu products. Good luck, Joe.

Don’t forget to mark your calendars for the Connecticut Food Association’s (CFA) 2019 annual meeting and dinner reception. CFA president Wayne Pesce tells us the big evening is scheduled for February 28 at The Society Room in Hartford, CT. The night includes a cocktail hour, annual meeting and dinner reception. For more information contact the CFA at 860.216.4055 or via email at

Well, that will wrap it up for this month. That said, let me wish you all a very Happy New Year. I hope the coming months brings you all hope, calmness, kindness and a fulfillment of your dreams. I wish you many successes, wise decisions, satisfaction, peace and prosperity for the entire year of 2019. All the best for you and your loved ones.

As always you can reach me at 201.250.2217 or