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Vince Scorniaenchi, executive vice president of Fortinos and Pane Fresco and a 2021 Grocery Business Hall of Fame recipient, has announced his retirement after a 49-year career in the grocery industry. Peter Weicker, currently vice president of merchandising and marketing, has been promoted to senior vice president of Fortinos.

Scorniaenchi began his career in the industry at age 12 with daily 5:00 a.m. visits to the Ontario Food Terminal with his uncle John Fortino.

Since then, he has worked in just about every capacity in the chain, which celebrated its 60th anniversary in 2021 and is now an autonomous banner within the Loblaw family. He oversaw Fortinos’ dramatic growth by launching “Adventure” stores in 1996 and took ready-to-eat to new heights with the Pane Fresco food hall. Ten years ago, he oversaw the development of a new commissary behind the company headquarters in Hamilton, Ont. to facilitate the next generation of Pane Fresco stores. He is a recipient of both the Golden Pencil 2016 and the Pentola d’Oro 2017 awards.

In an interview with Grocery Business following his recognition as a Hall of Fame recipient, Scorniaenchi said that "watching young people grow to become leaders within Fortinos and beyond" inspires him. He also credited his uncle John Fortino as a mentor who "had the most impact on who I have become as a person and as a leader." 

Weicker has been in his current role for nine years and has more than 36 years of experience, including many years with Loblaw Company.

 

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