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Say Hello To Duncan Case-Perry, Middleberg Hts. Frozen Manager

How long have you been with Heinen's?
I’ve been with Heinen’s…let’s see. I started in March of 2010, so a little over four years ago.

How’d you make your way to Dairy?
It’s kind of funny how that happened. First I was hired into frozen foods and was there for only six months, then I moved to the grocery department. Then my market manager at the time thought it would be a good idea for me to learn about the dairy department, so I went to Rocky River for that.

I was trained by the dairy manager there, Ed Sheets. He’s amazing. He taught me everything about dairy, about customer service, and even about life. I very much appreciate all of the time and teaching he did with me. He really was amazing. Now I’m the Dairy Manager at our Middleburg Heights store.

You say there’s a lot going on in the Dairy Department these days?
Yes. There are so many categories that have just blown up over the past few years. For example, the Greek-style yogurts. They’re the bestselling yogurts. It’s not only because of the flavors, it’s the higher protein content, too.

Then there’s milk. It used to be just the typical milk products. Now there are so many different ones. For example, there are two grass-fed cow’s milk that are Ohio local: Hartzler’s of Wooster and Snowville of Pomeroy. Those two companies are making milk the way it was meant to be made.

What do you like introducing customers to?
It’s not one item specifically, but rather sharing the knowledge of any product in depth. Being able to tell a customer the source and how it’s produced. It’s always a wow for them and makes such a difference. I like that.

Can you give us an example?
Right now we have Noosa Yoghurt on sale. The style of that yogurt originates in Australia’s Noosa region and now it’s produced in the foothills of Colorado. Just before the fruit is added to it, it’s infused with honey. The result is a much fuller flavor than you’d get with other styles.

Do you have a favorite dairy product?
I’m a big fan of cheese in general—just can’t get enough of it. My favorite would be the Heinen’s New York White Extra Sharp Cheddar.

Do you cook at home?
I do—and I probably could cook more than I do. It all depends what kind of mood I’m in. I actually grew up in California and only came to Ohio in 2008. So for me, I’d say my favorite food genre is anything Asian inspired.

So name some things we’d always find in your refrigerator.
  • First and foremost, a good IPA. I really enjoy a good beer.
  • Fresh ginger
  • Probably too much sriracha because I’m a spicy food freak.
  • Soy sauce
  • I make a lot of salads and my own dressing. So always there’d be a good balsamic vinaigrette and plenty of mixed greens.

You’ve moved here from California. How’s Ohio working out for you?
So I’m not a huge fan of the winter, but I can deal with it. I like Ohio because I do have family here, so that’s great. And believe it or not, even in California, I grew up a Cleveland sports fan. So I’ve been through all the pain with everyone and now I get to cheer here with my fellow fans. That’s very awesome!