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The History of Bay Food Brokerage

(Cammie Chatterton, Founder and CEO & son
Chris Chatterton, Executive Vice President)

In 1993, Cammie Chatterton and Mark Woolever founded Bay Food Brokerage in Tampa, Florida. The competitive food brokerage industry was changing, and the partners recognized an opportunity to concentrate on the perishable retail market.

Their plan was to offer a better experience for the broker-retailer-manufacturer relationship than what the standard brokerage was providing at that time. Opening Bay Food Brokerage made Cammie one of the first women - if not the first - to own a retail food brokerage company in the country.

Since first opening its doors over three decades ago, Bay Food Brokerage has grown from a two-person team focused on perishables and serving one area of Florida to a company with 75-plus employees working with both perishable and CPG clients and serving eight states throughout the Southeast U.S.

In 2015, Mark Woolever retired and Cammie became the outright owner of Bay Food Brokerage. That same year, the company expanded beyond the perishable market to also serve the center store retail market.

In 2011, Cammie’s son, Chris Chatterton, joined the family business and in 2021 became a minority owner of the company. As Executive Vice President, he works closely with Cammie on key initiatives and will carry Bay Food Brokerage on to continued success after Cammie retires.

Bay Food Brokerage has experienced year-over-year organic growth since it launched, thanks in part to staying true to the core values it was founded on: Client Satisfaction, Hard Work, Family and Giving Back. These beliefs have always – and will always – drive us daily and help us keep focus on our customers and our clients.

Click the thumbnails to watch videos where Cammie shares her philosophy and approach to entrepreneurship and leadership.
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