About Us

About Us 2018-10-08T22:03:23+00:00

Our roots—and family—are firmly planted in Chester County.

The Buona Foods Family

Located in the heart of Chester County, Pennsylvania—the Mushroom Capital of the World—Buona Foods, Inc. was established on strong family principles. Rosemarie Ferranto, the daughter of Italian immigrants, grew up working on her family’s mushroom farm not far from Buona Foods’ present location. In 1972, Roro, as she is known to friends and family, began supplying local grocers and restaurateurs with mushrooms. Her love of people and her products enabled her business to grow steadily. Three years later, her husband Robert “Bear” Ferranto came on board, bringing 26 years of production management experience, and helped to expand the business in both size and scope. In the years that followed, their three children—Robert, Peter and Gale—also joined the company, each contributing talent and expertise that has helped Buona continue to grow into one of the most prominent mushroom companies in the region.

Meet Our Management

Gale Ferranto
Gale FerrantoPresident
Gale oversees the day-to-day operations of Buona Foods. She is implementing an ambitious vision for the future of the company.
Peter Ferranto
Peter FerrantoVP & Operations Manager, Bella Mushroom Farms
Pete oversees operations at both Buona Foods and Bella Mushroom Farms
Kathleen Pesce
Kathleen PesceHR & Accounting Coordinator
Kathleen manages human resources and the accounting functions for Buona Foods, Bella Mushroom Farms and Produce Partner
Bear Ferranto
Bear FerrantoCo-Founder
Bear founded Bouna Foods with his wife Roro 37 years ago. He is still actively involved in business administration
Chris Johansen
Chris JohansenSales & Account Manager
Chris develops new business and maintains our current customer partnerships
Diane Hoffman
Diane HoffmanFood Safety Coordinator & Inventory Manager
Diane oversees our food safety protocols, and inventory management systems
Jose Martinez
Jose MartinezProduction Manager
Jose supervises production, shipping, and receiving operations
Yuli Arroyo
Yuli ArroyoCustomer Service Specialist
Yuli is actively engaging with our customers every day, taking orders and fielding questions and concerns
John Bush
John BushFarm Manager, Bella Mushroom Farms
John manages the operations for our growing arm, Bella Mushroom Farms