Maurice A. Auerbach Inc. extends distribution reach

Maurice A. Auerbach Inc., has expanded its delivery distribution range.

The Secaucus N.J.-based wholesaler distributes to retailers, foodservice purveyors and other wholesalers throughout the Tri-State region of New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

With the past year, it expanded its distribution to Chicago, Atlanta and Miami, said Bruce Klein, director of marketing.

Business remains strong in those regions for the garlic, asparagus, ginger, shallots, baby potatoes and onions it distributes, Klein said.

In late 2011, Auerbach doubled its storage capacity by relocating to a 60,000-square-foot distribution facility adjacent to a New Jersey Turnpike exit 15 miles from its former South Hackensack, N.J., headquarters.

The move distribution efficiencies and provided additional space to handle its products, Klein said.

R Best Produce adds marketing specialist

R Best Produce Inc., has promoted Jasmine Hines to director of marketing and advertising.

She joined the company in October working in marketing and event planning but the Port Washington, N.Y.-based distributor promoted her in January.

Hines is a 2012 graduate of the Fashion Institute of Technology, Manhattan, N.Y.

The Baldwin, N.Y., native earned a degree in international trade and marketing.

Before joining R Best, Hines worked in the executive travel industry for seven years.

“Produce is a passionate career because I get to deal with feeding families,” she said. “I see the trickle-down effect of providing people fresh produce. It’s meant a lot to me, and I feel very fulfilled every day here.”

R Best supplies independent retailers, restaurants and institutions.

The company shares ownership with the Farmingdale, NY-based, Italian-themed Uncle Giuseppe Marketplace supermarket chain.