News Releases

Rick Hafner Joins A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing Foodservice & Disposable Goods Team

February 15, 2019

A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing, Inc. is pleased to announce that, effective February 22, 2019, Rick Hafner will join its Foodservice & Disposable Goods Division. Rick will serve as an account manager in the Maine market. Rick studied at the University of Tampa and has over 38 years of experience in the food industry. He has worked in every food category, from bakery to protein. Rick’s vast broker experience includes time with Venture Sales Group, and he joins A.J. Letizio from his most recent position at Acosta Sales and Marketing. Rick’s wealth of experience and devotion to going the extra mile are perfectly compatible with the way A.J. Letizio goes to market. “Our whole team is thrilled to work with Rick,” said SVP Adam Letizio, “adding this champion to our roster will make us all better at what we do.” Rick resides in Auburn, Maine with his wife Lori. Although their two sons Jason and Manuel are grown, their young daughter Teanna is already eyeing the food business!

Ross Pisani Joins A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing Foodservice/K-12/Non-Foods Division

November 12, 2018

A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing, Inc. is pleased to announce that, effective November 19, 2018, Ross Pisani will join its Foodservice/K-12/Non-Foods Division. Ross will serve as a Dedicated Client Business Manager, specializing in South Shore Meats. A graduate of John & Wales University in Providence, RI, Ross holds both an Associate’s Degree in Culinary Arts and a Bachelor’s Degree in Foodservice Management. A lifelong professional chef, Ross has extensive experience in kitchens. He has served as Executive Sous Chef at the Atkinson Resort & Country Club, as well as the Boston Park Plaza Hotel & Towers. Since 2011, Ross has been using his expertise to serve the food industry as a broker. He joins A.J. Letizio from his most recent position at Affinity Group Infusion, where he served as Corporate Chef and Account Manager. Ross’ diverse background will make him a perfect fit for A.J. Letizio’s growing team. “Our company is entering its thirtieth year, and we are thrilled to have Ross joining us,” said SVP Adam Letizio. “His skills as a chef and salesperson will help our team continue to pick up speed.” [/fsn_text][/fsn_column][/fsn_row]

Lynne Pellegrini elected as SNACT Industry Chairperson

August 21, 2018

A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing is proud to announce that Lynne Pellegrini, Director of Sales K-12/School Nutrition, will serve as the Chairperson of the SNACT Industry Council for 2018-2020. Lynne was nominated and elected by members of the School Nutrition Association of Connecticut, as well as her peers in the industry. As Industry Chair, Lynne serves on the SNACT Executive Committee, and plays a crucial role in advising and guiding the association. According to Executive Director Denise Di Mare, “SNACT is fortunate to have Lynne, who is a dedicated professional, volunteering to take a leadership position with SNACT.” At A.J. Letizio we believe strongly that going beyond the call, in support of the communities we serve, makes for a better industry and a better world. SNACT is affiliated with the national School Nutrition Association. It provides support, education, and professional development for its members across Connecticut. Find out more about SNACT at Congratulations Lynne!

A.J. Letizio Foodservice Team Recognized by Bridgford Foods Corporation for Outstanding Sales

January 15, 2018

The A.J. Letizio Foodservice Team was awarded the 2017  “Outstanding Foodservice Bread Sales Achievement Award” from Anaheim California based Bridgford Food Corporation. Bridgford’s Senior Management team members Bill Bridgford, Chairman, John Simmons, President and Dan Yost, Sr. Vice President, recognized the A.J. Letizio Foodservice Team for “outstanding achievement in surpassing its 2017 fiscal year foodservice bread sales projections.”  In addition to meat processing and bakery operations in Anaheim, the Company has four additional factories: two in Dallas, Texas, one in Chicago, Illinois and one in Statesville, North Carolina. Bridgford Foods pioneered the manufacture and sale of frozen bread dough to supermarkets and institutional customers, beginning in 1962. Innovation, high quality and consistency are the major attributes of Bridgford Foods Corporation’s products, which have been awarded 109 gold medals by the California State Fair and Exposition. Bridgford Foods was selected as one of “The 200 Best Small Companies In America” by Forbes Magazine.”  A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing is a  professional sales & marketing agency serving the food and non-foods/disposable products industry, following a century old family legacy as experts, tracing its origins back to 1912. Operating separate Retail and Foodservice Divisions that deliver specialized service and expertise in each of these sectors as food brokers and non-food brokers. In addition to Bridgford Foods, A.J. Letizio represents a portfolio of clients who are leading national and regional manufacturers of food and non-food/ disposable products. A.J. Letizio turns passion for what they do into results that are consistently delivered to their clients and customers and we are proud to have received this recognition from their friends at Bridgford Foods. Learn more about A.J. Letizio at