The NJ Food Council’s Annual Night of Distinction is just over one month away and we are excited to highlight one of our honorees each week leading up to the big night!
This year, the Board of Directors will recognize John Derderian, President of Allegiance Retail Services with the prestigious Industry Achievement Award. John leads a supermarket cooperative of about 100 stores headquartered in Central New Jersey. Allegiance provides merchandising, marketing, technology and various other services to its members including Foodtown, D’Agostino’s, Freshtown, Uncle Giuseppe’s, Brooklyn Harvest, LaBella Markets, Market Fresh, and Big Deal.
“John Derderian is a progressive leader in the NJ food distribution industry. His skillful command of the omni-channel platform is a great benefit to the demands of today’s consumers and the services of the retail food industry in the Northeast. We are pleased the NJFC Board of Directors is recognizing John for his vision and engagement,” said NJFC President Linda Doherty.
Prior to joining Allegiance in 2012 as Vice President of Sales, Marketing and Member Development, John spent 33 years at Pathmark Stores holding several senior management positions before leaving in 2008 as Executive Vice President, Business Strategy & Marketing.
Between positions at Pathmark and Allegiance Retail Services, John established, and was Managing Director of Consumer Comprehension, LLC, a retail consulting firm which provided marketing communication and business intelligence solutions to retail clients in various channels of trade. In his consulting role, John also served as an advisor to many financial institutions, private equity firms and venture capitalists, who were seeking expert industry assessments.
This year’s annual event will take place at The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, New Jersey on Thursday, March 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Joining John with Industry Achievement Awards are Frank Mastrangelo, Area Marketing Director of SuperValu and Nico Sumas, Chief Marketing Officer of Village Super Market Inc.