California Retail Advisory Committee

A fundamental strategy of the Expo is to connect California food brands with California grocery retailers for the purpose of establishing meaningful business relationships and creating new opportunities for California’s food industry.

To fuel this effort, the Expo is launching the California Retail Advisory Committee who will be responsible for working in partnership with the Expo’s Board of Directors to provide insight and guidance to ensure the Expo’s platform is a viable resource for the California grocery retail industry.

 

Connecting California Brands with California Retailers

If you are a California retailer who makes it a priority to sell and promote local food and beverage products in your store, take a look at our California Retail Advisory Committee, it might be the perfect opportunity for us to connect.

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Miriam Welch
Grocery Sales Manager
Albertsons and VONS
Southern California Division

Miriam began her career with Lucky Stores in 1980 as a Courtesy Clerk in San Francisco.  Miriam worked in stores in various positions including Assistant Store Director. In 1994, she moved to the merchandising department of Lucky Stores Northern California as a Replenishment Buyer and then moved to positions of Pricing Manager, Category Manager, General Merchandise Sales Manager and Grocery Sales Manager.  In 2005, Miriam moved to the Albertsons Southern California Division as Assistant Sales Manager and has covered many grocery categories including frozen, meat deli, dairy and ethnic since then plus worked extensively on the Lucky Stores project.

 

Miriam received her B.S. in Marketing from San Francisco State University and her M.B.A from the University of California at Berkeley.  She is on the board of the Deli Dairy Bakery Council of Southern California, the Southern California Frozen and Refrigerated Council and was our company rep for the Second Harvest Food Bank of Orange County.  She has been married to her husband, Chris, for 30 years, and they have a 19 year old daughter, Marisa.

Mil Mijanovic
Vice President of Produce & Floral
Albertsons/Safeway
Steve Howard
Vice President of Perishables
Procurement & Merchandising
Bristol Farms
Randy Ducummon
Randy Ducummon
Vice President
Northern California and Reno Region
Whole Foods Market

Randy Ducummon has been in the retail food business for over 40 years. For the last 13 years, Randy has been with Whole Foods Market, and currently serves as Vice President for Northern California and Reno. Randy’s career has always been rooted in his love of real food, combined with a passion for connecting Whole Foods Market customers with locally grown and produced products. Randy’s personal values align with that of the grocer – to satisfy and delight customers by selling the highest quality natural and organic foods, while creating win-win partnerships with suppliers and working to advance environmental stewardship.

Tony Antoci
Tony Antoci
CEO
Erewhon Markets

Tony Antoci has been in the food sector for nearly three decades. After serving as CEO for Superior Anhausner Foods for seventeen years, he sold the company to Sysco in 2009. In April of 2011, he and his wife Josephine purchased Erewhon Markets. His expertise in operations and distribution combined with her passion for organic food and products continue to solidify Erewhon's reputation as the preeminent natural foods store in Los Angeles. With their Tonic Bar and Organic Cafes, as well as their uncompromising quality standards and stellar customer service, Erewhon continues to provide an experience unlike any other for today's conscious shopper.

The Antoci's have expanded the business to four locations. Their Santa Monica store opened in April 2018 and Downtown Los Angeles is slated to open in 2019.

For fifty years, Erewhon has been committed to providing the purest foods and products to the communities they serve. Included in this commitment is keeping abreast of market innovations, supporting local farmers and brands, and protecting the environment.