(Aug. 23) Bocchi Americas Inc., Philadelphia, is changing its name to Fresh Taste USA Associates Inc., a move signaling increased growth opportunities in the U.S. and Canada, president and chief executive officer Tom Leonardi said.

The name change will be effective Sept. 1, but the company will remain in its offices at the Tioga Marine Terminal at the Philadelphia port.

The name change reflects the company’s new independence from Verona, Italy-based The Bocchi Group, the company Bocchi Americas has been affiliated with for three years.

Fresh Taste USA Associates will handle the same products including Argentine pears, Spanish and Moroccan clementines, Chilean summer fruits and specialty items from Italy, including chestnuts, all on the East Coast.