Nicki Crespo - Director of Fresh Meat and Private Label
Nicki Crespo joined Bay Food Brokerage in 2024, after retiring from a nearly 24-year career at Publix Super Markets.
Now, Nicki plays an active role in Bay Food Brokerage’s private label opportunities and helping to guide the company in all initiatives involving meat departments in major supermarkets throughout the Southeast U.S. She works closely with the entire Bay Food Brokerage team to grow sales with its manufacturer clients.
Nicki began her career at Publix working in the meat department at a Tampa store in 2000. She quickly advanced to meat manager and, after eight years in department management, moved into the retailer’s corporate office as a meat/seafood technical specialist. She then worked as a retail improvement specialist until 2016, when she transitioned back to the corporate office, first serving as a fresh meat buyer and then as the category manager over the dairy, processed and frozen meat categories.
Nicki holds a bachelor’s degree in animal science with a specialty in food animal industry and a minor in food and resource economics from the University of Florida. She was a Division I athlete and was the first female at the university to throw the 20-pound weight and hammer for the track team.
Nicki's personal interests include:
- Gardening and working outdoors
- Yoga, weightlifting, and training her sons in strength and conditioning
- Home improvement projects
- Wildlife and birdwatching