Burnac Produce Group Co-Chairman Domenic Raso is retiring at the end of June after 16 years with the Vaughan, Ont.-headquartered company.
He will serve on Burnac Produce Group’s advisory board moving forward.
“Domenic has a plaque in his office that reads, ‘The bitterness of poor quality remains long after the sweetness of low price is forgotten.’ This is his mantra, and he executes all of his decisions with the end consumer in mind,” the company said in a statement. “Domenic has an infectious passion for the produce industry, and as a people leader, he treats team members as his extended family. Anyone who has had the pleasure of working for and with Domenic will recognize his honesty, modesty and integrity. Over the years, Domenic has travelled the globe, in search of the best suppliers with the best products. He has developed long-lasting industry relationships and many suppliers consider Domenic to be a close personal friend.”
Raso began his career as a produce manager at Fortinos in 1977. He worked his way through the organization into senior operations and produce roles before ascending to VP of procurement and merchandising in the mid 1990s. In 1999, Raso was asked to oversee Loblaw’s procurement division. In 2007, he moved on to Burnac Produce as a co-chairman.