icon An Earned Reputation Never Expires

Reputations aren’t conceived in think tanks or focus groups. Ours has been earned in the trenches and validated in our outcomes. For decades, RDD’s leadership team has been writing the perishables marketing playbook. Today, we’ll let you take a peek inside. 

What We Believe

Your brand is valuable and vital
Achieving results takes relentless attention
“Winning” should be all-inclusive, shared and celebrated
An aligned mission yields exceptional results 
Anything short of impact-driven execution is flawed execution
When we sweat the details, our clients and customers shine
FRESHNESS

Decades of Success in the Industry

Our company specializes in perishables sales and merchandising, leveraging our wealth of experience to provide exceptional results for our clients. With a strategic approach, deep industry knowledge and unparalleled customer intimacy, we help businesses achieve their merchandising objectives to accelerate sales and share growth.

Our Value Proposition

Value creation rarely comes from firms in the middle of the pack. We are learners, leveragers, and leaders of:

Perishables

We spearhead strategic expansion into vital and growing perishables segments, emerging omnichannel retail formats, and new supply chain & grocery entities.

Portfolios

We purposefully reinvest our brokerage revenues to provide an expanding menu of value-accelerating services to our client and customer stakeholders.

Thought

We stay plugged into broader category brand, shopper, retailer, and digital commerce insights. Then we artfully apply them to fuel sales and share growth.

Technologies

The perishables industry was leveraging data before “big data” was big. RDD has always led the sector with fact-based programming and merchandising solutions. Data, analytics and insights are the starting point for every merchandising solution we activate.

WHO WE ARE

icon RDD Leadership Keeps It Fresh

RDD is led by Bob Weinmann, a trusted, passionate, and admired food industry executive and his hand-selected team of respected industry veterans. Basically, we’re the team you’d assemble if you were entering a perishables merchandising fantasy league. 

Bob Weinmann
President & CEO | With RDD Since 2012

RDD’s transformative president, Bob Weinmann, has spent the last decade empowering and encouraging every employee to envision, design, articulate, and activate distinctive strategic initiatives that build and sustain competitive advantages for our client and customer stakeholders. He’s also a philanthropist, serious home chef, and overall renaissance man.

Larry Thennes
SVP, Senior Director Client Services | With RDD Since 1998

Larry is a food industry veteran with 49 years of experience. He was an original employee of RDD back in 1998 and in his role as Senior VP and General Manager has become a key leadership contributor to the growth of RDD to its current position as the largest perishables Food Broker in the NY Market.

Chris Vuono
VP, Senior Director Client Services | With RDD Since 2019

Christopher Vuono is RDD’s customer expert, cleverly identifying business development & merchandising opportunities and mobilizing collaboration across clients/manufacturers, wholesalers, and retailers for superior sales results.
Chris is an accomplished CPG sales, marketing & procurement professional with 30 years of industry experience. He spent 21 years at Wakefern in various procurement and category management roles, with perishables assignments in the Fresh Produce, Dairy/Deli, and Meat departments.

James L. Perillo IV
VP, Senior Director Client Services | With RDD Since 2020

James expertly directs, manages, and grows sales for a diversified portfolio of RDD clients. He’s a NFRA Frozen Food Council and Eastern Produce Council member and has accepted 2 Golden Penguin awards on RDD’s behalf in 2023. When he’s off the clock, he enjoys golfing, glamping, and a good rigatoni with spicy vodka sauce.

Tommy Caruana
VP, Enterprise Marketing and Business Intelligence | With RDD Since 2024

Tommy may be new to RDD, but he isn’t new to perishables merchandising. His expertise draws from 15 years in a variety of category management and sales development roles at Wakefern, and more recently 2 years as Director of Retail Business Development and Sales at Hazel Technologies–which develops new solutions to extend the shelf life of fresh produce and reduce food waste in the supply chain. Tommy leverages his analytical mind to turn big data into big sales for our clients.

Carolee Pacifico
HR Director | With RDD Since 2010

Carolee has blessed RDD with her sense of humor and people management prowess since 2010. She’s a proud SHRM member, earning her certification in 2019, and a SHRM badge for Talent Acquisition in 2023. Carolee is also a member of New Jersey Business & Industry Association (NJBIA) and strives to help herself and others stay healthy and happy.

Bill Isaacs
VP Sales Wakefern Team Leader | With RDD Since 1998

Bill Isaacs is studied in the art and science of closing the deal. Since 1997, he has led RDD’s sales teams to the unrivaled success we celebrate today. He is also an overachiever in his personal life, having earned his private pilot’s license and boating captain’s license, among other larks.

Art Sacher
Director of Retail | With RDD Since 2000

Art is one of the RDD originals, joining the team in 2000. His ability to exceed ACV goals is underpinned by four decades of experience in the consumer packaged goods industry and his patient personality. Outside of work, Art stays active by golfing, bowling, and maintaining his MVP status in his softball league.

Meet More of Team RDD
RDD MILESTONES

Navigating Industry Shifts Since 1998

In a commercial world characterized by constant moving parts and players, the last thing a grocery supplier needs is a stagnant sales agency partner. Fresh isn't only a highly desirable attribute for perishable products but also for your retail sales and merchandising partner. RDD's decades of success are underpinned by our ability to balance legacy tactics and fresh thinking. Here's a short timeline of the industry and our place in it:

Category Management, Efficient Consumer Response, and Shopper Loyalty programs introduced

New analytic tools and disciplines usher food merchandising into a new era—and that era needs a new merchandising innovator to transform insights into performance-enhancing activation.

1992-96
RDD is founded

Robert Cignarella, longtime food sales and marketing executive, founds RDD to offer a perishables-focused merchandising service solution with a far-reaching impact. Soon RDD becomes synonymous with Metro New York perishables merchandising innovation, fact-based selling culture, and field activation excellence.

1998
In-home Shopping is Introduced by Grocery Chains
1999
RDD Levels Up Their Analytics Tools

RDD upgrades customer service analytics system to GenWeb. RDD also begins subscribing to IRI to support category management facilitation and begins using Nielsen Spaceman software for plan-o-grams.

2001-02
Amazon.com enters, complicating the sector and blurring channels

The emergence of e-commerce and online shopping lays the seeds of Omni-channel shopping, impacting the entire food supply chain. Growing consumer demand for convenience presents a challenge for marketers and merchandisers. RDD recognizes this trend, and adjusts programming to support grocery partners' proprietary e-comm platforms.

2005
Supermarkets Introduce Digital Couponing

The advent of shopper loyalty card programs delivers an expanding toolbox for targeted shopper engagement.

2009
Shopper analytics and insights become available

Grocery loyalty card data widens the well of shopper insights & analytics for ambitious merchandisers, catapulting Shopper Marketing to the forefront of shopper engagement. RDD becomes one of the first broker agencies to utilize Wakefern's PPI analytics to turn big data into big gains for our client manufacturers and offer proprietary digital e-comm promotional solutions.

2011
RDD Adds to Their Analytics Toolkit

RDD becomes one of the first broker agencies to utilize Wakefern's PPI analytics. RDD also implements StoreFlix software to report retail store conditions.

2013
Grocers introduce In-Store-Execution (ISE) programs in Metro NY

New retailer-directed merchandising solutions means new opportunities to optimize the supply chain and improve product availability. As always, RDD is an early adopter and aligns retail merchandising resources with ISE programs to our clients' advantage, while continuing to enhance retail conditions reporting and leveraging mobile devices.

2016
RDD upgrades syndicated data platform to IRI/Unify
2018
RDD offers first broker-sponsored ShopRite From Home "buy-get" promotion. RDD upgrades retail reporting software to Go Spot Check.
2020
RDD 5 Boro & dunnhumby Data

RDD is among first broker agencies to subscribe to Iri NYC 5-Boro database. Wakefern launches dunnhumby analytics and RDD collaborates with clients to integrate dunnhumby data into effective business management. Today, over 70% of RDD's business under management at Wakefern is facilitated using dunnhumby.

2021-22
Post-pandemic, grocers accelerate integration of a new platform of analytic tools

Motivated by the drive to achieve greater efficiencies, retailers adapt new technologies to improve shelf management and merchandising performance. RDD becomes a recognized early investor and adaptor, driving successful utilization for both customer and client participants.

2023
RDD continues to expand, adapt, and thrive

RDD upgrades syndicated data platform to Circana Integrated Fresh, providing robust visibility to both UPC and random weight products.

RDD debuts its branding refresh - boasting a bold, modern logo, new website and redesigned company aesthetic.

We're not oracles, but we've been in the business long enough to know the industry will continue to shift in ways both predictable and nonplussing. What we can say with certainty is no matter what happens, RDD will be here to adapt, invest, and innovate.

2024

RDD: Where “Winning” is All-Inclusive 

We’re not just perishables people, we’re people people. We work diligently to keep client, customer and employee relationships profitable, reliable, and fun. That’s business, RDD style. 

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