Once again Yankee Stadium played host to Ace Endico’s annual trade show. An overflow audience enjoyed a special day of tasting and a trip down memory lane at the newest incarnation of the “House that Ruth Built.”
“When selecting locations for our food show, we look to be different from the rest of the industry. We do not like the feel of a massive hall, we look for a location with character and personality.” noted Ace Endico Vice President Laura Endico Verzello.
Our past location was a beautiful club on the water, which we loved. As Ace Endico has grown over the years, it just became too small to handle the volume of customers and vendors. After much discussion, we chose a location of prestige, and greatness – the “New” Yankee Stadium. What a venue. In our eyes we chose a venue to be proud of. For Ace Endico, growth has come from presenting an array of new solutions for their diverse customer base throughout the year. Once again they brought that something special with a first ever Ace Endico appearance by Mr. October: Reggie Jackson.
Once again show guests were treated to over 200 vendor booths offering special pricing, new and exciting food demonstrations. Yankee Stadium’s Legends Hospitality chefs brought a bevy of new menu ideas. Ace Endico customers got the opportunity to be photographed with World Series Trophies and visits to the Dugout and Monument Park.
The show also gave Ace Endico an opportunity to introduce the newest members of their lineup with the recent acquisitions of Farmers Pride and Cannillo. EYE visited with many local food and beverage regional managers including:
Admiration’s Beverly Barcelona, Heinz’s Mike Henneborn, and Craig Hayner, John Santangelo of Con Agra, Primo Crust’s Kirtus Westhaver, Dan Martin of Lucky’s, Original Philly Cheesesteak’s Brian Bauman, James Burkly of Hormel and the Unilever duo of Tracey Minor and Elizabeth Kirtland.
Founded in 1982, by William A. Endico and Murray Hertzberg, Ace Endico is the largest distributor in Westchester and Putnam Counties servicing the tri-state area. Ace Endico’s state-of-the-art facility houses an all-encompassing inventory featuring dairy, produce, meats, seafood, fine imported specialty products, paper, canned goods and everything in between.