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The New Jersey Food Council (NJFC) held its 40th annual Good Government Breakfast at the Hilton East Brunswick and a huge crowd was on hand. Specifically, Wakefern members showed up in big numbers to recognize and support one of their own, Lorelei Mottese. Lorelei, director of government relations for Wakefern, was presented with the 2013 “Good Government” award. The honor recognizes an individual in the industry who demonstrates the spirit of public policy leadership and effective government advocacy. Properly summed up by Richard Saker of Foodarama Supermarkets, “There is no one more deserving of this award.” Congratulations Lorelei!

The baseball season in nearing completion for this year but look for Mike Rothwell of Pennington Quality Market to land on someone’s roster for next year. Mike tells us that he is two months out of his rotator cuff surgery and, although the fastball is “not up to where it needs to be” yet, plenty of years of experience can afford him the knowledge to earn a spot on someone’s starting rotation next Spring! Continued good rehab Mike

As we went to press were saddened to hear that Marvin Fishman, longtime food broker in the metro NY industry, passed away on October 8th at the age of 78. Marvin had been battling cancer for quite some time and his ever present wide smile will be missed.  Donations in his memory can be made to the American Cancer Society.

As we wrap up for this month, we heard from Jim Rogers of the Food Industry Alliance (FIA) that the organization is readying for the association’s big Red Carpet Salute on October 30 at the Hilton Westchester in Rye Brook, NY. Jim tells us that there is still time to purchase tickets to New York’s “October Place To Be.” This year’s featured guest speaker will be former New York Giants Super Bowl MVP running back Otis “OJ” Anderson, but more importantly, a networking atmosphere with the top food industry executives from around the Empire State. For more information or ticket sales, contact Kristy Garrow at the FIA 518.434.1900 ext. 221 or

That’s all for now folks and, as always, you can reach me at 201.250.2217 or