Mike Delaney’s Retirement Dinner


The Eastern Poultry family is going to miss Mike Delaney and wishes him a great retirement and time with the grandkids. To see more retirement dinner pictures visit us on Facebook at (

Eastern Poultry featured in October Edition of Poultry USA Magazine


Eastern Poultry & Food Distributors is excited to be featured in the October Edition of Poultry USA Magazine. Thank you to all our loyal customers and business partners. To read the full article visit us on Facebook at (

Eastern Poultry ALS Ice Bucket Challenge

Isis De Alba Rodriguez joins the Eastern Poultry Sales Team!


Eastern Poultry & Food Distributors is excited to announce that Isis De Alba Rodriguez has joined the Company’s sales team operating out of Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida. Isis comes to Eastern with significant experience in the protein industry, most recently serving as the head of export sales for a fully integrated beef packer from her office in Monterrey, Mexico. At Eastern she will specialize in sourcing Mexican beef for further processors and foodservice distributors. Eastern has enjoyed a successful history in trading proteins into Mexico and exporting proteins from Mexico to other parts of the world including the United States. The addition of Ms. De Alba will help expand this business through her knowledge and contacts in Mexico and the beef industry.

Eastern Poultry Purchases Majority Stake in Seafood Sales and Service Inc.


Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida – January 29, 2014 – Eastern Poultry and Food Distributors (“Eastern”) acquired a majority interest in Seafood Sales and Service, Inc. (“Seafood Sales”) as of January 17, 2014. The newly formed entity, Eastern Seafood Distributors LLC (, will operate under the trade names “Seafood Sales and Service” and “WISCO Seafood”, and will continue to distribute frozen seafood to food service and retail accounts throughout the Southeast. Minority partners in the newly formed company include Seafood Sales co-founder, David Bielski and Palmetto Capital, a private equity group based in Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.
Leveraging product knowledge and a strong supply chain, Seafood Sales has grown to be a leading distributor of frozen seafood in the Southeast with their “Nature’s Best” line of frozen seafood found in retail stores throughout the region. Seafood Sales was co-founded in 2000 by father and son Abe and David Bielski.
“We’ll continue to provide our customers with the highest quality frozen seafood available along with the personal service that they deserve, at competitive prices” said David Bielski, president of Seafood Sales and Service. “Eastern brings a wealth of knowledge in wholesale food distribution, the shared values of a family business and the opportunity for us to offer an expanded product mix for the benefit of our customers.”
“Seafood Sales and Service is a strong company with a commitment to high-quality products and excellent customer service,” said Ted Rueger, president of Eastern. “We share these values and look forward to working together for years to come.”
Eastern Poultry and Food Distributors ( is a privately held wholesale distributor of poultry, beef, seafood and pork with offices throughout the United States and in Mexico City. The company, headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach, Florida, has been in business for sixty years with an experienced sales staff and long-term customer and supplier relationships.

Eastern Poultry 2013 Sales Conference


Eastern Poultry and Food Distributors, headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach Florida, recently finished up our annual sales conference where we celebrated Jon Pooles’ 25th anniversary with the company.

Sergio De Leon Joins Eastern Poultry


Eastern Poultry and Food Distributors, headquartered in Ponte Vedra Beach Florida, recently appointed Sergio de Leon as a sales and export trader working out of Mexico City. In this role, Sergio will be responsible for protein sales concentrated in Mexico, Latin American and China.  Sergio maintains a successful track record of trading proteins, particularly poultry, beef and eggs.  He has over five years experience in commodity trading and has been working closely with Eastern since 2010.  Sergio currently resides in Mexico City with a presence in Hong Kong as well.   Eastern Poultry and Food Distributors ( was founded in 1954 and specializes in the wholesale distribution of poultry, beef, seafood, pork and other products to a variety of customers both domestically and internationally.

Team Chicken Legs Races to the Top!


On February 6, 2013, Eastern Poultry’s Team Chicken Legs participated in the 36th Annual NYRR Empire State Building Run-Up Powered by MMRF to raise funds for the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF). The event challenged racers to run up 86 flights of stairs (1,576 steps) with a final lap around the Observation Deck, a quarter mile above 5th Avenue in New York City.

Team members John Rueger, Grant Conway, and Ted Rueger raced in memory of Eastern’s CFO and good friend Mike Hagarty and beloved friend Mary Hart, both afflicted with multiple myeloma (MM), an incurable blood cancer. Mike lost his battle at age 41 in 2011, leaving behind his wife and three daughters. Mary Hart, a loving wife, mother and grandmother, lost her courageous five-year battle in December 2008.

After months of training, the Team was well prepared for the challenge. Ted finished with the fastest time of 17:03, followed closely by John at 18:03, and Grant at 20:42.

Surpassing their initial fundraising goal of $7,500, Team Chicken Legs raised an incredible $23,184 — all donations to fund multiple myeloma research. To learn more about Team Chicken Legs, the Run-Up, or to donate, visit


The mission of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation (MMRF) is to relentlessly pursue innovative means to accelerate the development of next generation multiple myeloma treatments to extend the lives of patients and lead to a cure. MMRF is one of the most highly regarded cancer foundations in the world with 90 percent of its total budget going directly towards research and related programming. Although progress has been made in treating multiple myeloma, the five-year relative survival rate remains one of the lowest of all cancers. To learn more, visit


Ted Rueger Named “Chicken Man” of the Year!


The National Poultry and Food Distributors Association (NPFDA) awarded the 2012 NPFDA Member of the Year Award to Ted Rueger, president of Eastern, at its annual convention held in Atlanta, Ga. on January 30, 2013

NPFDA recognized Rueger for his dedication to the poultry industry as a NPFDA board member, as well as a member of other poultry and related associations. Currently, Rueger serves as vice president of NPFDA and is active on several committees. Rueger is attributed for contributing knowledge and assistance to all aspects of the Association.

“Ted has made major contributions to the growth of NPFDA,” said one NPFDA member. “His input has made the board function more efficiently.”

Rueger graduated from Duke University in 2001 with a degree in Economics. In 2003, Rueger joined Eastern Poultry, the family business founded by his grandfather in 1954 and led by his father, Tom. Rueger became president in March 2012, but remains an active member of the Eastern sales team and continues to cultivate the relationships with customers and suppliers he has built over the years.

Originally from Westchester, Pa., Ted now lives in Atlantic Beach, Fla. with his wife, Lauren and sons Thomas and William.