News Releases

A.J. Letizio Foodservice & Disposable Goods Team Expands in Multiple Markets

June 18, 2021

A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing, Inc. is pleased to announce that its Foodservice & Disposable Goods team is adding on additional staff in multiple markets. Effective June 21, 2021 five new foodservice professionals join the fastest growing team in the business. Additional hires are planned in the coming weeks and will be announced shortly. Emily Bailey joins A.J. Letizio in the Eastern PA region. Emily holds a bachelor’s degree from Temple University. Emily began her career in foodservice as a bartender and server in 2004 and since then held positions in all facets of foodservice management, sales, and training. Most recently, Emily served with The CORE Group. Emily lives with her family New Jersey. Jay Tate joins A.J. Letizio in the Eastern PA region. Jay is a broadly experienced foodservice professional, having begun his career in the restaurant business, where he rose to kitchen manager, before moving on to a role in purchasing at a wholesaler. Since 2003 Jay has been a broker, most recently serving with Acosta Sales & Marketing. Maggie Dever joins A.J. Letizio in the Maryland/Virginia region. Maggie holds a bachelor’s degree from Saint Joseph’s University and began her career in the food business in 2014 with DiCarlo Foods. Since then she has held a variety of positions and most recently served with The CORE Group. Maggie lives with her family in the Annapolis area. Paulean Robinson joins A.J. Letizio in the Maryland/Virginia region. After studying culinary arts at Johnson & Wales University, Paulean entered the food business in 2004 with US Foods. Since then she has held positions including corporate executive chef, general manager, operator specialist, and K-12 specialist at several restaurants and brokers. Paulean most recently served at Acosta Sales & Marketing. Tom Colonna joins A.J. Letizio in the Maryland/Virginia region. Tom holds a bachelor’s degree in Hotel/Motel Management from Rochester Institute of Technology and an associate’s degree in Culinary Arts from Paul Smith’s College. Tom has vast experience in the food industry, including serving with Summit Food Marketing and most recently with The CORE Group. Tom lives with his family in the Manassas area. This expansion of the Foodservice & Disposable Goods team grows A.J. Letizio to a team of nearly 100 people. “We’ve been working hard to recruit the very best people in our industry,” said SVP Adam Letizio, “and I’m confident we have achieved that goal. Without a doubt, we are the strongest team in the Northeast.” A.J. Letizio is the only independent broker providing foodservice and retail coverage throughout the Northeast. A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing is a Super-Regional Sales Agency that will celebrate its 33rd year in operation in 2021. As Windham, New Hampshire’s largest private employer, A.J. Letizio and its staff members operate out of their newly opened award-winning national headquarters in Windham, and its satellite offices in Parlin, New Jersey, Maspeth, New York, and Rochester, New York. A.J. Letizio’s Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods Division provides service throughout the Eastern United States and its Foodservice & Disposable Goods Division operates in the Northeast United States. For more information, visit www.ajletizio.com

A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing Honors the 40th Anniversary of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week

June 9, 2021

Beginning in 1981, the observance of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week (NCVRW) during the month of April provides the United States the opportunity to honor survivors and to promote crime victims’ rights and services. This year NCVRW will took place from April 18–24, 2021 with the theme this year—Support Victims. Build Trust. Engage Communities.—celebrates the contributions we all can make toward building trust and our community’s capacity to support the healing journeys of crime victims, such as those of hate crime victims. Every year, the United States Attorneys’ Offices (USAOs) throughout the nation host and participate in programs for NCVRW, often involving community outreach and training efforts, with the goal of leveraging community support to help victims of crime. President Ronald W. Reagan first proclaimed this time-honored national observance on April 8, 1981. In proclaiming the first National Crime Victims' Rights Week, President Reagan said: “We need a renewed emphasis on, and an enhanced sensitivity to, the rights of victims. These rights should be a central concern of those who participate in the criminal justice system, and it is time all of us paid greater heed to the plight of victims.” A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing was honored to participate in this event that included iconic United States landmarks like The Vegas Strip, The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in Ohio, the Sky Bridge in Iowa, Mississippi Governor’s Mansion and the Mississippi Coliseum, Florida State Capitol, St. Louis Arches, and others.  A full video of participating locations throughout the country is available here.     

A.J. Letizio Foodservice Team Appointed by FBA in the Northeastern United States

June 4, 2021

A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing, Inc. is pleased to announce that it has been appointed by the Foodservice Brands Alliance (FBA) for foodservice representation in most of the Northeastern United States. The FBA is the first dedicated network for manufacturers in the foodservice industry, made up of Diamond Crystal Brands, Idahoan Foods, Knouse Foods, and Mount Franklin Foods. This appointment represents a substantial increase in the relationships A.J. Letizio currently has with Diamond Crystal Brands, Knouse Foods, and Mount Franklin Foods, and marks the start of a new relationship with Idahoan Foods. A.J. Letizio is also pleased to announce the further expansion of its Foodservice & Disposable Goods division. Following the previously announced merger with GEM Food Brokers, A.J. Letizio adds an additional six sales professionals to its Northeast team. This brings the total to 35 people “on the street” in addition to large retail team and many sales support personnel in the company. “We are extremely proud of the team we have assembled,” said SVP Adam Letizio, “without a doubt, we are the strongest team in the Northeast.” A.J. Letizio is the only independent broker providing foodservice and retail coverage throughout the Northeast. A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing is a Super-Regional Sales Agency that will celebrate its 33rd year in operation in 2021. As Windham, New Hampshire’s largest private employer, A.J. Letizio and its staff members operate out of their newly opened award-winning national headquarters in Windham, and its satellite offices in Parlin, New Jersey, Maspeth, New York, and Rochester, New York. A.J. Letizio’s Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods Division provides service throughout the Eastern United States and its Foodservice & Disposable Goods Division operates in the Northeast United States. For more information, visit www.ajletizio.com

G.E.M. FOOD BROKERS JOINS A.J. LETIZIO SALES & MARKETING

May 19, 2021

A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing, Inc. of Windham, NH announced today that the company has reached an agreement with G.E.M. Food Brokers, Inc. of Rochester, New York, to acquire their business. The G.E.M. organization has long been a respected leading foodservice sales agency in the Upstate New York and Northern Pennsylvania markets. Founders and co-owners Eric Gager and Andrew Mahoney agreed to the deal that transfers ownership of G.E.M. Food Brokers to A.J. Letizio effective June 1, 2021 and merges the two organizations. In the combined organization, A.J. Letizio has named Kevin Crowley of Rochester New York to serve as Regional Director for Upstate New York. A.J. Letizio will be taking over the G.E.M. headquarters in Rochester but has plans in place for the construction of a new A.J. Letizio regional headquarter facility and training center in Rochester in late 2021. Gager and Mahoney founded G.E.M. on November 1st, 1991, having each had a long history as foodservice professionals. The G.E.M. team will be merged with A.J. Letizio’s existing Upstate New York team to form the largest and most comprehensive foodservice team in the region. Both principals plan to stay on to ensure a smooth transition. The teams at A.J. Letizio and G.E.M. share a common legacy of “family style” personalized service to their clients and customers. The Letizio family traces its century old origins in the food business to the family’s Italian market in Lawrence, MA in 1912. “This merger is a strategic step for both companies” said Al Letizio, Jr., Chief Executive Officer of A.J. Letizio. “The acquisition of G.E.M., a highly respected organization and a benchmark for the foodservice industry in Upstate New York and beyond, fits perfectly in our strategy to become the sales agency leader in the foodservice industry and a key partner for our customers and clients in the region. We are proud to include G.E.M., which has stood shoulder-to-shoulder with its foodservice industry partners for 30 years, in our portfolio. We are enthusiastic about the successful combination of our corporate cultures, the proven track record of our leadership team and the complementary nature of the A.J. Letizio and G.E.M. brands.” “We are very pleased with the prospect of our companies coming together” said Eric Gager, President & General Manager of G.E.M. “Having completed thirty years of service to the industry, this is an important next step that positions G.E.M. and its team members to take advantage of what we think are significant growth opportunities in the North Eastern US foodservice markets today. We are excited to join forces with A.J. Letizio and feel that the combination of both brands will provide an unparalleled sales solution for our combined customers and clients”. The merger accomplishes another key strategic objective for the Letizio organization in its 20-year strategic plan. The establishment of a new regional headquarters in Rochester New York, in addition to regional offices in New York City, Parlin New Jersey and its soon to open Philadelphia regional facility, supports A.J. Letizio’s new Foodservice Team and existing Retail Team throughout the Northeastern United States. A.J. Letizio Sales & Marketing is a Super Regional Sales Agency in the Eastern United States that celebrates its 33rd year in operation in 2021. Headquartered in Windham New Hampshire, A.J. Letizio is Windham’s largest private employer. A.J. Letizio’s Retail and Consumer Packaged Goods Division provides service throughout the Eastern United States and its Foodservice & Disposable Goods Division operates in the Northeast United States.