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“FROM SOUP TO NUTS…NATURALLY” ORGANICA NATURAL FOODS STORY BY JEANNINE DERAMO | PHOTOGRAPHY BY NINA SKOWRONSKI

From Left to Right: Teresa Gibbs, John Marrone, Mark Marrone, Christina Francica, Cristina Lettieri, Diane DePiero

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ore than five decades ago, while on a trip to California, a young New Jersey native had a lifechanging taste of freshly squeezed carrot juice on the shores of Malibu; and the rest, as they say, is history. John Marrone brought his passion for that juice and the idea of providing wholesome, pure foods back to the east coast and set out to create a similar niche. John and his father secured a small storefront in Northvale, NJ, bought a juicer and opened the doors to Organica Natural Foods in 1978. At only 800 square feet of selling space, they had to be scrupulous about products. “Initially, we mainly sold bulk foods like seeds, nuts, grains, and other natural whole food products. We had small sections for prepared meals and pure body care products. We were very selective about what we carried. Back then, there weren’t a lot of organics available, so we searched and tried to bring in the most conscious products we could at the time.” The Marrones sold carrot juice, soup from one pot, and a few sandwiches and salads. 14 / Rivertown Magazine February 2020

Today, after four expansions, Organica sprawls across 7,500 square feet and features an award-winning gourmetprepared foods department, along with a popular juice bar, and carries an extensive selection of high-quality supplements and body care. This impressive growth and expansion is due largely to the dedicated, passionate team behind this family business. Brothers Mark and John Marrone, along with their sister, Diane DePiero, and niece, Christina Francica, work tirelessly to provide the most natural and pure products to their loyal customer base. Rounding out the team are the Gourmet Manager, Theresa Gibbs, and the General/Operations Manager, Cristina Lettieri. Endearingly, Mark shares, “Our employees are the core of our business and a large part of our success.” Organica’s juice bar has been wildly successful in their delicious offerings of organic juices, smoothies, and protein shakes. Just as it does within every facet of the store, Organica sticks to the highest standards—using the purest and most natural ingredients. No refined sugars are

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Rivertown Magazine February 2020  

Rivertown Magazine is Rockland County’s #1 local print magazine, published monthly by Moon Media Group, LLC. With a readership of over 100,0...

Rivertown Magazine February 2020  

Rivertown Magazine is Rockland County’s #1 local print magazine, published monthly by Moon Media Group, LLC. With a readership of over 100,0...