Executive transitions are the talk of the town as Bay Food Brokerage announces the expansion of its leadership team, welcoming Nicki Crespo as its new Director of Fresh Meat and Private Label.
“What appealed to me about working for Bay Food was that, after nearly 24 years working almost every job available at Publix in the meat department, working for a brokerage was a side of the industry I’d never experienced,” Crespo said. “Bay Food is so involved with their suppliers and vendors, and the amount of attention they give their clients is remarkable—they’re simply best in industry. They’re also very family-oriented, which was something I was looking for.”
In this executive role, Crespo will help guide the company in all initiatives involving meat departments in major supermarkets throughout the Southeast United States, in addition to playing an active role in Bay Food Brokerage’s private label opportunities. She will work closely with the entire Bay Food Brokerage team to grow sales with its manufacturer clients.
As a press release detailed, this move marks Crespo’s retirement from a nearly 24-year career at Publix, where she most recently served as the retailer’s Category Manager over the dairy, processed, and frozen meat categories.
Crespo began her career at Publix working in the meat department at a Tampa store in 2000 before quickly advancing to Meat Manager and later moving into the retailer’s corporate office as a meat/seafood technical specialist. She then worked as a retail improvement specialist until 2016, when she transitioned back to the corporate office, first serving as a fresh meat Buyer and then stepping into her most recent role as Category Manager.
“We are so thrilled and proud to welcome Nicki to the Bay Food family,” said Cammie Chatterton, Chief Executive Officer and President of Bay Food Brokerage. “Her immense wealth of experience working with one of the top retailers in our region spans so many areas of expertise that will be invaluable to our team and our clients as we continue our commitment to growing sales while providing best-in-class service along the way.”
Crespo holds a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science with a specialty in food animal industry and a minor in Food and Resource Economics from the University of Florida.
Cheers to this leader on her newest role!