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As is the case in past years, things seem to quiet down in the food industry in the Mid-Atlantic during the summer season. It’s still a very lively industry but because of vacations and summer travel, things seem to go a bit slower.

The Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program board of directors recently elected officers for the 2013 term, welcomed new members, and recognized members for years of service. Vernon Horst of Chambersburg, PA was re-elected chairman of Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association, and Harold Shaulis of Somerset, PA was re-elected chairman of Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program. Also re-elected as Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association officers were: Joyce Bupp, Seven Valleys, PA, vice chair; Jeff Moore, Centerville, MD, secretary; and Jerrel HeatwoleGreenwood, DE, treasurer.

Several Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program board members received service awards.

Recognized for 20 years of service were Harold Shaulis, Somerset; Bertha Ackerson, Marion Center; Harold Bailey, Roaring Spring; and Randall Meabon, Wattsburg. Rita Kennedy, Valencia, and Richard Waybright, Gettysburg, were recognized for 15 years of service to the board. Also receiving recognition from Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program were Christine Cooney of Spartansburg and Lolly Lesher of Bernville, who have served on the board of directors for 10 years. Bruce Bartley of Cogan Station and James Warburton of New Albany were recognized for 5]five years of service.

Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association board of directors recognized Jeff Moore of Centerville, MD for 10 years of service.

Mid-Atlantic Dairy Association and Pennsylvania Dairy Promotion Program are the local planning and management organizations funded by dairy farmer check-off dollars. They work closely with Dairy Management Inc. and are responsible for increasing demand for dairy products on behalf of Mid-Atlantic dairy farmers through consumer education and food service partnerships. For more information, visit www.dairyspot.com.

Safeway is one of 15 companies – and the only retailer – selected to receive the 2013 Secretary of Defense Employer Support Freedom Award, given to employers for exceptional support of National Guard and Reserve employees.

Safeway is one of six large companies to receive the Freedom Award. Nine other award recipients are small to mid-sized businesses or public-sector employers. The recipients, who came from a pool of nearly 3,000 nominated private and public sector employers, were selected for having programs and policies aimed at hiring members of the National Guard and Reserve.

Wal-Mart is the first national grocery chain to require suppliers to comply with Global Food Safety Initiative (GFSI) standards. GFSI requires food suppliers to complete factory audit certifications against internationally recognized benchmarks. The result to Wal-Mart has been a 34 percent reduction in the number of recalls, which in turn reduces risk and increases consumer confidence.

Ed Sherwin of Sherwin Food Safety has many new clients. The latest to sign up with Ed are: Hill Country Barbecue Market, Washington, DC; Pure Chocolate by Jinji, Baltimore, MD; Roti Mediterranean Grill, Chicago, IL; Embassy Suites Tremont Plaza, Baltimore, MD; Stuggy’s Old Fashioned Hot Dogs, Fells Point, MD; Dooby’s Coffee, Baltimore, MD; and Conrad’s Crabs of Jacksonville, MD.