2016 Press Releases and News

Newly Appointed JOH Grocery, Frozen & Dairy Directors John Blaisdell, Mike Dauphin and Greg Reed


Billerica, MA - December 22, 2016

JOH is proud to announce the advancement of three JOH’ers. John Blaisdell has been promoted to Director of Grocery, Mike Dauphin has been promoted to Director of Frozen/Dairy and Greg Reed has been promoted to Regional Director of the Great Lakes.

John Blaisdell has worked in the food industry for 22 years and was previously with Acosta Sales & Marketing before joining JOH in 2004. In his new role as Director of Grocery, John will be aligning client efforts, business development and coverage in JOH's growing universe.

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Gerry Castignetti Named NEWFDA Person of the Year


Billerica, MA - November 22, 2016

The NorthEast Wholesale Food Distributors Association (NEWFDA) named Gerry Castignetti, JOH EVP, Sales Manager Grocery, Frozen & Dairy, as their 2016 Person of the Year. NEWFDA is the nation’s oldest food association and is dedicated to serving the needs of the NorthEast Food Distribution community by helping distributors, wholesalers, manufacturers and brokers network with top executives in the industry.

Gerry was presented the award at the NEWFDA Annual Convention held October 6th-9th in Marco Island, Florida. Since 1998, he has been the Director of NEWFDA.

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JOH's 4th Annual Kids 360 Charity Event


Billerica, MA - October 20, 2016

For the fourth year, JOH hosted its annual Kids 360 charity event with great success. Kids 360 is a non-profit entity created by JOH that takes a 360 degree approach to a child’s life. Monies raised go directly to carefully chosen children’s charities which then provide everything from clothing, food, toys, medical support and school supplies to children in need. By the close of 2016, Kids 360 will have given over $200,000 to various children’s charities.

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Jerry Larsson Named Helping Hands Award Recipient by the New England Food Foundation


Billerica, MA - September 26, 2016

Jerry Larsson, JOH’s VP of Grocery, was awarded the Helping Hands Award by the New England Food Foundation (NEFF), a non-profit organization helping children in need.

The Helping Hands award was presented to Jerry for his continued support of the NEFF and tireless commitment to disadvantaged children in New England. He is most known for his work as the co-leader of the NEFF Thanksgiving Holiday Caravan, an annual November event providing food and non-food items to eighty plus food pantries in New England.

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JOH Mid-Atlantic Begins Transition as Gary Larkin Announces Retirement


Billerica, MA - September 20, 2016

JOH has announced that after 37 years in the food industry, Gary Larkin, Executive Vice President of JOH Mid-Atlantic, will be retiring at the end of January 2017. Gary, along with his team from Mid-Atlantic Impact, joined JOH in 2010 and immediately propelled JOH to successalong the East Coast.

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JOH’s Kids 360 Team Raises Money and Rides in the Pan-Mass Challenge


Billerica, MA - August 24, 2016

JOH’s Kids 360 Cycle Team joined over 6,000 bicyclists in the 37th Annual Pan-Mass Challenge. The team finished the two-day, 192 mile annual bike-a-thon that crossed the Commonwealth of Massachusetts raising close to $31,500 for the Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

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JOH Welcomes Jeremy Reed to the Grand Rapids Team


Billerica, MA - August 22, 2016

JOH is proud to announce that Jeremy Reed has joined the company as an Account Manager in the Great Lakes Region. Jeremy will be based out the JOH Grand Rapids office located at 2118 Three Mile Road NW, Suite C, Grand Rapids, MI 49544.

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Dan Matrazzo Awarded Account Executive of the Year by Fresh Gourmet


Billerica, MA - August 1, 2016

JOH Produce Account Manager, Dan Matrazzo, has been named the 2015 Account Executive of the Year by Fresh Gourmet Company, LLC., one of the leading brands of croutons and salad toppings in the world.

Dan was awarded the 2015 Account Executive of the Year due to his efforts in growing the Fresh Gourmet business through promotional activity and developing, as well as maintaining, great relationships. Additionally, he streamlined distribution and transitioned to better selling items at the store level, while ensuring that key merchandising support was not lost during the conversion.

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JOH Upstate Named 2016 Broker of the Year by Marie’s Dressing


Billerica, MA - June 13, 2016

Marie’s Dressing has named JOH Upstate the 2016 Broker of the Year. The award was presented to Brian Gasuik, EVP & General Manager and Peter Kenyon, VP both of JOH Upstate.

"This award is well-deserved,” said Chuck Sardo, Northeast Region Manager at Ventura Foods. “JOH Upstate significantly grew sales for Marie’s Dressing last year."

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JOH Named 2015 East Coast Broker of the Year by Jelly Belly Candy Company


Billerica, MA - June 6, 2016

Jelly Belly Candy Company has named JOH the 2015 East Coast Broker of the Year. The award was presented in California at the Jelly Belly National Sales meeting attended by JOHers Kevin Shea, EVP, Confection Division and Peter Martin, Account Manager.

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Beth McGuire Named Account Manager of the Year by Fresh Gourmet


Billerica, MA - May 31, 2016

Beth McGuire, JOH Produce Division Account Executive, was named the Eastern Regional Account Manager of the Year by Fresh Gourmet Company, LLC., one of the leading brands of croutons and salad toppings in the world.

The Eastern Regional Account Manager of the Year was awarded to Beth for her successful efforts in growing Fresh Gourmet’s business to nearly $10 Million in sales, adding a sliced almond program to many grocery stores and finalizing a deal to have two new Cheese Crisps available in various retailers.

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JOH Celebrates 60 Years


Billerica, MA - March 1, 2016

JOH is proud to announce it is celebrating its 60th anniversary. Since 1956, JOH has worked diligently to become one of the strongest regional brokers in America. It has established an unrivaled presence along the East Coast with new offices in the Midwest and broker partners throughout the country. “None of this growth and expansion would be possible without the support of our many clients, customers and truly amazing JOHers,” said John Saidnawey, JOH President and COO.

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Melissa Passalaqua Honored with the 2015 Harry O’Hare Award


Billerica, MA - January 4, 2016

JOH is proud to announce that Melissa Passalaqua has been awarded the prestigious Harry O'Hare Award for 2015.

The honor is presented to the person who most personifies the values and qualities that marked the life and career of Harry O’Hare. Hard work, integrity, passion, a positive attitude and team spirit are all part of Mr. O’Hare’s personal and professional legacy.

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