Event Leadership

We are grateful for the conference co-chairs, John Ruane of Giant Food Stores and Rick Steigerwald of Lunds & Byerlys, two industry leaders representing the changing landscape of fresh. Their leadership in this event exemplifies the uniquely progressive values set by senior leadership in fresh.

John Ruane
John Ruane, Chief Merchandising Officer,
Giant Food Stores, LLC

John began his career journey at age 14, working for Foodtown in Caldwell, N.J., where he caught the “retail bug.” This store was owned and operated by a single owner, who taught him many lessons about customers and how to run the business like he owned it.

In 1980, John joined Pathmark which was a strong, emerging local brand, known for delivering exceptional value for the customer—something John’s current brand, Giant/Martins, has in common. John worked his way through many roles from part-time clerk to SVP of Merchandising, eventually becoming the Banner Merchant for Pathmark & Food Basics, a discount format. In 2011, John joined Stop & Shop NY as the Sales VP and in 2012, Ahold USA as the SVP of Fresh. In this role, John was responsible for all fresh merchandising and supply chain for 800 Ahold USA Stores, including all meat, seafood, deli, prepared, bakery, floral and produce.

Effective January 1, 2018, John became the Chief Merchandising Officer for The Giant/Martins Brand. In this role he is responsible for developing and implementing customer centric strategies that will ensure continued growth of the Giant brand while continuously improving both the customers’ experience and value propositions. John is very proud of the Giant Martins brand and look forward to continuing to enhance our customers every changing needs.


Rick Steigerwald
Rick Steigerwald, Vice President, Fresh Foods
Lunds & Byerlys

Rick Steigerwald serves as vice president of fresh foods for Lund Food Holdings, Inc.,which operates 27 Lunds & Byerlys stores, two manufacturing facilities and a produce distribution center in the Minneapolis/St. Paul market place.

His career began with Buttrey-Osco, a division of Jewel Food Stores in 1972, working primarily in produce and floral throughout the company. In 1985 Rick joined Supervalu, working in various areas of operations and merchandising at the division, region and corporate home office level. In 2005 Rick joined Lund Food Holdings, Inc. as director of produce and in 2013 became vice president of fresh foods. Rick is responsible for all of the fresh food departments and the companies produce distribution center.


FreshForward Planning Committee

Mr. Scott Aakre
Vice President, Grocery Products Marketing
Hormel Foods Corporation
Mr. John Beretta
Group Vice President, Meat and Seafood
Albertsons Companies
Ms. Emily Blair 
Business Development Manager
Milliken & Company
Mr. Dave Bornmann 
Senior Vice President, Business Development Grocery and Customer Service
Publix Super Markets, Inc.
Mr. Scott Bradley 
Vice President, Produce, Bakery and Deli
Target Corporation
Mr. Brett Bremser 
Executive Vice President, Perishables
Hy-Vee, Inc.
Mr. Patrick Brown 
Group Vice President, Deli and Prepared Foods, Bakery, and Strategic Business initiatives
Albertsons Companies
Mr. Nick Carlino
Vice President, Sales and Retail
Merchants Distributors, LLC
Mr. Dorothy Carlow 
Chief Merchandising Officer
Fairway Group Holdings Corp.
Mr. Richard Cashion 
Vice President and COO
Healthy Home Market
Mr. Michael Celani 
Vice President, Domestic Retail
Wonderful Pistachios & Almonds LLC
Dr. Jerrold Chadwick Jr. 
Vice President, Sales and Marketing
My Fresh Solutions, LLC
Ms. Emily Coborn 
Vice President, Fresh
Coborn's, Inc.
Mr. Alex Corbishley 
Director, Meat and Seafood
Target Corporation
Mr. Tom H. Daniel 
Chief Executive Officer
Chemstar Corporation
Mr. Joe DePetrillo 
Vice President, Sales – Earthbound Farm
Mr. Tom DeVries 
Chief Merchandising Officer
Fresh Thyme Farmers Market
Mr. Mark Doiron 
Executive Vice President, Business Development, IRI New Solutions 
Mr. Chris DuBois 
Mr. John Dunne 
Executive Vice President, Fresh Foods
Mr. Michael Eardley 
President and CEO
International Dairy Deli Bakery Association
Mr. Scott Evans 
Sr. Vice President Sales & Merchandising
Price Chopper Supermarkets
Mr. Randy R. Evins 
Senior Principal, Industry Advisor Food, Drug and Convenience
SAP America, Inc.
Mr. Shane Faucett 
Chief Customer Officer
Bimbo Bakeries USA
Ms. Galit Feinreich 
Chief Marketing Officer
Ready Pac Foods, Inc.
Mr. Patrick Fleming 
Market Intelligence and Innovation
National Pork Board
Mr. Rainer Glaubitz 
Director, Produce and Floral
SpartanNash Company
Mr. Jerry Goldsmith 
Director, Training and Development 
Lunds & Byerlys 
Mr. John Grimes 
Vice President, Meat and Seafood
Vice President, Meat and Seafood
Mr. John Haggerty 
Vice President, Business Development
Burris Logistics
Mr. Mark Hilton 
Vice President, Produce and Floral Merchandising
Harris Teeter LLC
Mr. Steve Howard 
Vice President, Perishables, Buying and Merchandising
Bristol Farms, Inc.
Ms. Jewel Hunt 
Group Vice President, eCommerce
Albertsons Companies
Mr. Jim Huston 
Director, US Retail Sales
Johnsonville Sausage, LLC
Mr. Buddy Jones
Retail Sales Counselor
Merchants Distributors, LLC
Mr. Lance Jungmeyer
Fresh Produce Association of the Americas
Mr. John Kenyon
Hormel Deli
Hormel Foods Corporation
Mr. John Knorr
Senior Vice President
Phillips Foods, Inc.
Mr. Daniel Koch
Vice President, Bakery and Deli
Associated Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
Mr. Christopher Lane
Executive Vice President
Wakefern Food Corp.
Mr. Michael Lang
Invatron Systems Corp.
Mr. James Lemke
President, Robinson Fresh
C.H. Robinson Worldwide, Inc.
Ms. Shawna L. Lemke PhD
Director, Global Food Industry Relations
Monsanto Company
Mr. Gregory Livelli
Senior Vice President, Engineering and Marketing
Hussmann Corporation
Ms. Sally Lyons Wyatt
Executive Vice President and Practice Leader
Mr. Robb MacKie
President and CEO
American Bakers Association
Ms. Chandra Macleod
Sales Director
Aqua Star
Mr. Paul Mastronardi
President and CEO
Mastronardi Produce Limited
Mr. Daniel J. Murphy
Corporate Vice President, Meat and Seafood and Senior Vice President, Regional Merchandising
Mr. Terrence M. Murphy
Group Vice President, Fresh
Wakefern Food Corp.
Mr. Jeff Oberman
Vice President, Trade Relations
United Fresh Produce Association
Mr. Pat Pessotto
Vice President, Merchandising
Longo Brothers Fruit Markets Inc.
Ms. Wendy Reinhardt Kapsak MS, RDN
President and CEO
Produce For Better Health Foundation
Ms. Janet M. Riley
Senior Vice President, Public Affairs
North American Meat Institute
Mr. Brad Roche
Vice President, Marketing
Hillphoenix, A Dover Company
Mr. Don Sanderson
Group Vice President, Fresh
Meijer, Inc.
Mr. Anthony Sattler
Senior Vice President, Fresh Procurement and Merchandising
C&S Wholesale Grocers, Inc.
Ms. Sarah Schmansky
Vice President, Nielsen Growth and Strategy
Mr. David Sherrod
President and CEO
Southeast Produce Council
Mr. Tom Super
Senior Vice President, Communications
National Chicken Council
Mr. Jerry Suter
Vice President, Fresh Operations Specialist and Compliance Officer, Weights and Measurements
Mr. William Tatum
Manager, Public Policy
Amazon.com, Inc.
Mr. Jeff Thompson
President, Domestic Sales and Value Added Operations
Trident Seafood Corporation
Mr. Chris Van Parys
Vice President, Fresh Sales
Lowes Foods, LLC
Mr. Koen Vermeylen
Vice President, Fresh Foods
Brookshire Grocery Company
Mr. Geoff Waldau
Executive Vice President, Merchandising
Food Lion, LLC
Ms. Bridget Wasser
Executive Director, Meat Science & Supply Chain Outreach
National Cattlemen's Beef Association
Mr. Joe Watson
Vice President, Domestic Business Development
Produce Marketing Association
Mr. Joe Weber
Executive Vice President, Growth and Business Development
Smithfield Foods Inc.
Mr. Geoffrey Wexler
Vice President, Food Service
Wakefern Food Corp.
Mr. Tom Windish
Vice President, Retail Inside Sales
Swift Brands
Mr. Art Yerecic
Yerecic Label
Ms. Kristin Yerecic
Marketing Manager
Yerecic Label
Mr. Rick Stein
(Staff Coordinator)
Vice President, Fresh Foods
Food Marketing Institute