The National Poultry & Food Distributors Association awarded its 2012 Member of the Year Award to Ted Rueger, president of Eastern Poultry and Food Distributors.

Rueger's award was presented during the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association annual convention in Atlanta on January 30.


He has been a dedicated member of the poultry industry, an association board member, as well as a member of other poultry and related associations. Rueger currently serves as vice president of the National Poultry & Food Distributors Association and is active on several committees.
After his graduation from Duke in 2001 with a degree in Economics, Rueger went to work as a sales representative for a medical device firm in Philadelphia. He then joined Eastern Poultry and Food Distributors in 2003. Eastern specializes in the wholesale distribution of poultry, beef, seafood, pork and other products. Eastern Poultry’s clients include processing and manufacturing plants, foodservice institutions, retailers and restaurants, schools, universities and hospitals, and nonprofit organizations. They also source products from a variety of protein manufacturers worldwide.
Ted Rueger is the third generation to work for Eastern Poultry, a company founded by his grandfather, John, in 1954 and led by his father, Tom today. He was named President of Eastern in March of 2012. Ted remains an active member of the sales team at Eastern and places great value on the relationships with customers and suppliers that he has built over the past decade.
Rueger lives in Atlantic Beach, Fla., with his college sweetheart Lauren and their two sons, Thomas and William.