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New Sales Team Hire: Central Regional Sales Manager, Richard Marquez

Stamford, CT- July 3rd, 2012 – Richard Marquez will join the American Halal/Saffron Road team on July 9th as Central Regional Sales Manager. With 8 years of experience in the specialty gourmet and natural foods industry, Richard has a proven track record of success in growing companies in the both the natural and specialty foods channels. Over the last 5 years Richard has risen through the ranks at Natural Specialty Sales/Acosta. Most recently he was Business Manager for the KeHE Midwest team. Richard’s experience there will serve Saffron Road as well as KeHE, which is one of Saffron Road’s fastest growing distributors.

Richard was previously Director of Natural for Northern California for NSSales which rounds out his experience in the key natural channel where Saffron Road is quickly becoming a leader in its class. Richard started his Natural Foods career as an Associate Team Leader at Whole Foods Market in California. This gives Richard a key understanding of how to implement Saffron Road new product launches and promotions at store level.

CEO of American Halal, Adnan Durrani, commented by saying, “We are thrilled to welcome a rising star like Richard to Saffron Road – he rounds out our sales Dream Team. The Midwest and Central Region are home to a lot of our core consumers so we look forward to Richard’s leadership in significantly increasing our retail distribution in this sector.” And Jack Acree EVP stated, “I couldn’t be more excited to have Richard on board. His experience, enthusiasm, and professionalism will help the Saffron Road team to build on the tremendous momentum we’ve built.” Todd Tolboe, National Sales Manager, couldn’t be happier; “With our exponential growth across an increasing customer base, Richard’s experience and passion will continue fueling that rapid expansion.” Upon joining the Saffron Road Team, Richard said “Saffron Road is an industry pioneer and I am absolutely honored to be joining a team of professionals with proven track records of successful brand building.”