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Eastern Quality Foods continues expansion of international sales team

November 30th, 2018

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – November 30, 2018: Eastern Quality Foods is excited to announce that Adolfo Botello has joined the international sales team operating out of Suwanee, Georgia. Prior to joining Eastern, Mr. Botello served as an international business manager with a trading company outside Atlanta, and spent sixteen years in a sales position at Sam Kane Beef Processors out of Corpus Christi, Texas. Mr. Botello will provide expertise in beef exports, particularly to the Caribbean, Mexico and Central and South America.

“We are excited to expand our international team with an individual who has had significant experience in the protein business. Adolfo will have an opportunity to expand our exports to Latin America, and will work closely with our other trading offices and our growing seafood company to service his domestic distributor relationships” said Ted Rueger, President.

Eastern Quality Foods specializes in the wholesale distribution of poultry, beef, seafood, pork, eggs and other products. Eastern’s diverse client base includes processing and manufacturing plants, foodservice institutions, retailers, restaurants, schools, universities, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations. The company was founded in 1954 and has grown to $300 million in annualized revenue. Eastern maintains multiple office locations across the continental United States and Mexico with its headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Visit www.easternqualityfoods.com for more information.

Eastern Quality Foods Expands International Sales Team

September 14th, 2017

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – September 14, 2017: Eastern Quality Foods is pleased to announce the addition of Juan Carlos De Bastos to its international sales team. At Eastern, Mr. De Bastos will provide a depth of beef and protein knowledge to its established client base while also expanding protein exports to the Caribbean and to South and Central America.

Prior to Eastern, Mr. De Bastos worked for Cargill and spent the last fourteen years in the industry working in various positions and gaining broad knowledge across all proteins.

“We are fortunate to add another talented individual to the Eastern team,” said Ted Rueger, president. “Juan shares our values and has been successful at every step in his career. We know he’ll continue to succeed here at Eastern and look forward to working with him to provide value to our customers and suppliers.”

Although originally from Argentina, Mr. de Bastos will be based in Miami. He holds a Bachelors of Science in Agricultural Development from Texas A&M where he also earned a varsity letter running track.

Eastern Quality Foods specializes in the wholesale distribution of poultry, beef, seafood, pork, eggs and other products. Eastern’s diverse client base includes processing and manufacturing plants, foodservice institutions, retailers, restaurants, schools, universities, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations. The company was founded in 1954 and has grown to $300 million in annualized revenue. Eastern maintains multiple office locations across the continental United States, Mexico and Brazil with its headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Visit www.easternqualityfoods.com for more information.

Eastern Quality Foods announces the appointment of Richard Cockrell to its sales team

February 1st, 2017

Ponte Vedra Beach, FL – February 1, 2017: Eastern Quality Foods announces the appointment of Richard Cockrell to its sales team. Mr. Cockrell brings to Eastern his broad knowledge of the food service business as well as extensive trading experience.

Mr. Cockrell began his trading career in Memphis in the 1980’s and prior to coming to Eastern worked for Harvest Meat Company. His business with Eastern will be based out of his home office in Youngstown, FL.

“Richard has an established business trading a diverse product list.” Said Ted Rueger, president. “I know there will be opportunities for many of our traders to leverage Richard’s customer and supplier relationships to grow business.”

Mr. Cockrell and his wife Pam have seven children and five grandchildren. An avid outdoorsman, Mr. Cockrell is an experienced fly fishing guide and enjoys pheasant and duck hunting.

Eastern Quality Foods specializes in the wholesale distribution of poultry, beef, seafood, pork, eggs and other products. Eastern’s diverse client base includes processing and manufacturing plants, foodservice institutions, retailers, restaurants, schools, universities, hospitals, and nonprofit organizations. The company was founded in 1954 and has grown to $300 million in annualized revenue. Eastern maintains multiple office locations across the continental United States, Mexico and Brazil with its headquarters in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Visit www.easternqualityfoods.com for more information.

Welcome Aboard Celso 1/12/16

April 18th, 2016

Celso

PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. – January 5, 2016 – Eastern Poultry Distributors, Inc. dba Eastern Quality Foods announced the appointment of Celso Antunes da Costa Jr. as an International Sales Trader operating out of Sao Paulo, Brazil. Mr. Costa previously served as a Trader with JBS Foods in Brazil overseeing the markets of Russia, Eurasia and Africa. Prior to JBS Foods, Mr. Costa maintained international sales roles with Marfrig and Aurora Alimentos.

“We are very excited to welcome Celso to our sales team,” said Ted Rueger, Eastern’s President. “He’s a proven relationship builder who brings over ten years of experience selling protein to international markets. Brazil is a large producer of poultry, pork and beef among many other agricultural products, and having Celso’s access to those markets will be a very exciting opportunity for Eastern moving forward.”
Mr. Costa maintains a bachelors in international Business from Pontificia Universidade Catolica de Sao Paulo (PUC-SP) and a Certificate in Business Administration Latu Sensu from IBMEC-Sao Paulo. Mr. Costa resides in Sao Paulo, Brazil with his wife Natasha and their newborn child Livia.