News Release
 June 5, 2019
CONTACT: Kathy Sautter
716 635 5577

Williamsville, N.Y. –Tops Friendly Markets, a leading full-service grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and Vermont, is pleased to announce the 2019 Produce Managers of the Year. Nominees from each district were evaluated on several criteria including sales growth, overall department conditions, and development of associates, customer interaction, merchandising, shrink and profitability. Each region was asked to submit candidates for consideration before being reviewed by Tops Friendly Markets regional vice presidents John McCaffrey and Mike Patti along with Jeff Cady, Director of Produce/Floral for Tops Friendly Markets.

“The ability to creatively merchandise the product, interact with the customers, and oversee the growth of not only the product, but the people within the department is paramount,” said Jeff Cady, Director of Produce/Floral for Tops. “Produce is a vital part of our day to day business and being able to undertake this and manage it successfully is something we truly appreciate and want to recognize in these individuals.”

This year’s award recipients are: Robin Manwaring, Produce Manager, Store 585, Pulaski, NY East Region Produce Manager of the Year and United Fresh Produce Manager of the Year Ed McIssac, Produce Manager, 108 Orchard Park, NY, West Region Produce Manager of the Year Mario DeCaro, Produce Manager, Store 239, Buffalo, NY Mike Tomczak, Produce Manager, Store 209, Jamestown, NY Brian Herby, Produce Manager, Store 207, Tonawanda, NY Dan Fisher, Produce Manger, Store 665, Liberty, PA Eric Darrow, Produce Manager, Store 417, Penfield, NY Tim Barnes, Produce Manager, Store 362, Nottingham, NY Penny Preston, Produce Manager, Store 707, Saranac Lake, NY Sam Platz, Produce Manager, Store 367, Cazenovia, NY Tammy Allan, Produce Manager, Store 520, Dansville, NY

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About Tops Friendly Markets

Tops Markets, LLC is headquartered in Williamsville, NY and operates 159 full-service supermarkets with five additional franchise stores and is the largest private, for-profit employer in Western New York. As a leading grocery retailer in New York, northern Pennsylvania, and western Vermont, and with the support of 14,000 associates, our core mission is to help our communities flourish. We support programs that seek to eradicate hunger and disease; promote the education of our youth; and to ensure we reduce environmental waste and energy consumption while providing our customers with sustainably sourced, high quality products. For more information, visit


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