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Mark your calendars for SIAL 2012 The Global Food Marketplace, which will be held in Paris October 21-25. This is the show of shows for everyone in the food industry. Promoting the event, the organization said: “At crossroads of global food supply and demand, SIAL establishes numerous food connections between industry professionals, who flock to this key food marketplace to see the highly innovative products that will be found in the supermarket facings of tomorrow.”

A real asset to sales performance, innovation is also one of the most reliable and valuable forward forward-looking indicators. By giving its rightful place to innovation, and constant monitoring and analysis, SIAL assures its very legitimacy and modern stamp. SIAL organizers stress that the exhibition is not merely a trade fair but a forum for interaction that highlights the leading trends, major innovations and market realities of tomorrow.
With 140,000 visitors and 6,000 exhibitors, SIAL’s ambitions have definitely been met and a road map clearly defined: “To cultivate its role as a visionary, purchasing advisor and wellspring of untapped trends,” so writes Olivia Milan-Grosbois, SIAL Group Director.

Our sincere sympathy goes out to the family of Bernard J. “B.J.” Land, Coca-Cola who passed away suddenly last month of cardiac arrest. The Hunt Valley, MD resident was well known to the food industry in the Baltimore-Washington area . A graduate of St. Paul’s High School in Baltimore, he was nominated for the Baltimore area’s annual McCormick Unsung Hero award and was a 1982 graduate of The Johns Hopkins University, where he played varsity football. A physical fitness buff, he coached youth soccer and lacrosse teams.. He was an avid Ravens fan and enjoyed tailgating at M&T Bank Stadium.

He and his family also enjoyed vacations at Chilmark on Martha’s Vineyard, where he was known for organized football games with his brothers-in-law and their children.

At the time of his death, he was vice president of Coca-Cola’s national retail sales warehouse division in Baltimore. Family members said that B.J. had returned home after a long bike ride and suffered a cardiac arrest caused by coronary artery disease, which he was unaware that he had.

We recently learned of the death of Joseph Saker, the founder and former chairman of Philadelphia-based Food-A-Rama Supermarkets and an influential industry leader.

Saker grew up in the Philadelphia area and in a grocery business run by his parents and founded by his grandfather. Joseph Saker joined Wakefern just one year after the cooperative was founded and began operating under the ShopRite name in 1951. He incorporated the business under the Food-A-Rama Supermarkets name in 1958 and took the company public in 1965.

He was a founding chairman of the New Jersey Food Council, and also a past chairman and board member of the New York State Food Merchants Association. He helped to start the Academy of Food Marketing and Food Marketing Educational Foundation at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, one of the few business programs dedicated to the supermarket industry. He retired in 2005. A year later, his son, Richard Saker, took the company private and renamed it Saker ShopRites.

irthday wishes go out this month to: Policy Solution’s Barry Scher; Best-Met Publishing’s CFO, William Speakman; Andy Metzger, son of Best-Met’s Jeff and Audrie Metzger; Carl Jablonski; a friend of the food industry, retired; Paul Bell, Bell Sales; and marketing consultant Ron Fish.

Anniversary wishes to Safeway’s (retired) Roger and Phyllis Herding, their 44th; Food World’s (retired) Lou and Mimi Rosenthal, their 63rd; and Maryland Department of Transportation’s Richard and Caryn Scher, their 15th.