Edgewood Creek (www.edgewoodcreek.com), a marketing and fulfillment services company for independent specialty food manufacturers and retailers, today announced the appointment of Matt Buckman to Director, Product Management – Gourmet Foods. Edgewood Creek will leverage Buckman’s extensive knowledge of specialty food manufacturers to significantly expand the depth and scope of its product offerings, providing independent retailers with unparalleled choice.

“Matt is a formidable addition to Edgewood Creek’s management team,” said Chris Hutchins, co-founder and CEO of Edgewood Creek. “After more than two decades in the independent grocery business he has built an incredible reputation among both his colleagues and gourmet food manufacturers. His expertise in the brick-and-mortar world, encyclopedic knowledge of specialty foods and ability to build successful product categories and identify top manufacturers will be integral as Edgewood Creek gains momentum in the marketplace.”

Buckman brings more than 25 years of experience in the independent grocery business to his new role with Edgewood Creek. For the past 15 years he worked at Draeger’s Markets, the nationally renowned food and wine emporium, serving as Head Buyer for Specialty Foods since 1989. In this position, Buckman worked with more than 800 manufacturers and was responsible for developing and expanding product categories as the retailer grew from one to three San Francisco Bay Area stores. Buckman also oversaw product promotion and Draeger’s advertising and trade show participation. Prior to joining Draeger’s, Buckman spent eight years at San Francisco Bay Area specialty retailer FoodVille of San Carlos.

“I met Chris (Hutchins) and John (Avilla, president and co-founder) of Edgewood Creek when they came to me for input on the development of Edgewood Creek’s Web site,” said Buckman. “I made the decision to leave Draeger’s and join Edgewood Creek because I believe in what they are doing and in their plan to profoundly improve and change the way manufacturers and retailers do business. Having been a buyer myself, I have first-hand knowledge of the challenges buyers face. They are inundated with products and must constantly decide which ones they think will work for them. It’s a very laborious process. The team Chris and John have assembled has the experience and in-depth understanding of the various components of the specialty food industry to make this company a real success.”

About Edgewood Creek

Edgewood Creek (www.edgewoodcreek.com), a marketing and fulfillment services company, utilizes the Internet to streamline business processes between independent specialty food manufacturers and retailers. Created by and for these independent manufacturers and retailers, Edgewood Creek provides solutions to a number of the major problems facing the industry – fragmentation, inefficiency, difficulty accessing unique products and merchandising support – by automating and consolidating order and fulfillment processes such as accounting, invoicing, purchasing and shipping.