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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 for more information.

Welcome Aboard Celso 1/12/16

April 18th, 2016


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.

Mike Delaney Retires

October 24th, 2014

The Eastern Poultry family is going to miss Mike Delaney and wishes him a great retirement and time with the grandkids. To see more retirement dinner pictures visit us our Facebook page.

Eastern Poultry featured in Poultry USA Magazine

October 23rd, 2014

Eastern Poultry & Food Distributors is excited to be featured in the October Edition of Poultry USA Magazine. Thank you to all our loyal customers and business partners. To read the full article click here.