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The Herr Foods executive team and their assistants recently gave back to the community by devoting a day of service to Urban Promise in Wilmington, DE. The team included CEO J.M. Herr and his assistant Glenda Henry, president Ed Herr and his assistant Liz Richner, SVP Daryl Thomas and his assistant Kristin Bradfield, SVP Dick White and his assistant Kim McLimans, SVP Gerry Kluis and his assistant Debbie Cameron. The team’s day started with an orientation of the school’s mission. Soon most of the team began weeding flower beds, planting flowers, mulching, cutting the grass, trimming bushes, and planting rose bushes. A few people did some office work to prepare for the summer camp and reading with some of the students. Lunch was provided by Herr’s and during the lunch, the team had an opportunity to talk with the kindergarten and first-grade students. After lunch it was back to work to finish their landscaping duties, as well as cleaning out and vacuuming the school’s mini vans for summer camp. The day ended with the team talking with some graduating students about their future educational plans and the positive effect that Urban Promise has been for them. Urban Promise is a private Christian school initiated in 1998 in Wilmington. The school provides kindergarten through 12th grade education, along with after school care, summer camps and other programs. Tuition to the school is based on the family’s income. Urban Promise has schools located in Wilmington, Camden, Miami, Canada and Africa.

Penn Jersey Paper (PJP) is celebrating 50 years of service to the food community in 2013 and they marked it in style on May 18 with a party at the company’s headquarters in Northeast Philadelphia. The gathering was for the employees and their immediate families plus special invited guests. Among those in attendance to mark this momentous occasion were Larry Rothwell of Pennington Market, Tom Genuardi Sr., and Ron and Kathy Murphy of Murphy’s Marketplace. Ron and Kathy told me that the re-opening of the Beach Haven store went very well and they were looking forward to Memorial Day weekend to begin the summer season. Last but certainly not least, I chatted with Charles A. Genuardi, who is looking quite well and relaxed. He told me that his son, Chuck and his partner Cynthia Tice, who have a long history in the Natural Foods industry working in retailing, manufacturing, and consulting recently began an all-natural chocolate company called Lily’s Sweets. As admitted chocoholics, Cynthia and Chuck were determined to come up with a delicious, healthy, sugar free alternative to their favorite treat. The products are available in our area in natural food stores.

Linda Doherty, president of the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC), announced the winners of the 2013 Education Development Scholarship Awards during the NJFC Trade Relations Conference held at the Borgata in Atlantic City on June 5. In addition to handing out the scholarships, the program featured John Ruane, senior vice president of fresh merchandising at Ahold USA. Mike Sullivan, vice president of the New Jersey market unit of Coca-Cola Refreshments USA, was honored with the Max Stone Trade Relations Award. NJFC created an educational scholarship program to promote future leaders and support the food industry as recommended by the NJFC Trade Relations Committee three years ago. This year, four more member scholarships have been added to the program. Doherty said, “We are pleased and proud that the scholarship program is growing and flourishing. It allows us to provide an important member benefit and to invest in the future of NJFC families.” Each recipient was presented with a $2,000 scholarship check at the June 5 event. Doherty added, “NJFC received more than 126 applications for consideration. The Selection Committee was overwhelmingly impressed with the number and quality of applications. Our scholarship winners and all applicants are a shining example of the youth of today and their goals to succeed in today’s competitive business climate.” It looks like our industry is going to be in good hands in the future.

Speaking of Linda Doherty, the trustees of the New Jersey Clean Communities Council honored her with an Environmental Quality Award at the annual Clean Communities Awards Dinner on May 23 in Maritime Park, Liberty State Park in Jersey City. Doherty received the award for a decade of service to the mission of the New Jersey Clean Communities Council. During the past 10 years, she has played a leadership role as a trustee of the council, serving as treasurer for five years. “We commend Linda Doherty for her leadership and commitment to New Jersey Clean Communities. She has followed in the paths of former Food Council presidents by furthering the goals of New Jersey’s only statewide, comprehensive, litter abatement program. We are extremely grateful to her for lending her time, talent, and expertise to our board of trustees,” said Patrick L. Ryan, president of New Jersey Clean Communities Council, when announcing the award.

Weis Markets stores raised upward of $189,000 in donations and pet supplies for more than 90 local animal shelters and rescue organizations during its month-long Paws for Pets program. The program ran through Memorial Day weekend. During this period, more than 60 Weis Markets stores also hosted pet adopt-a-thon events with local animal shelters and rescue organizations. Weis Markets’ Hackettstown, NJ store was the chain-wide leader, raising a combined $4,787 in donations for Common Sense For Animals, a pet shelter located in nearby New Village, NJ. “This is the fifth year we’ve been flooded with a record number of unwanted animals due to the poor economy,” said Dennis Curtin, Weis Markets’ director of public relations. “Our Paw Program helps these groups meet this challenge, thanks to the generosity of our customers and the commitment of our store associates, who helped create awareness of our program.”

A tip of the hat to Christine Hartmann of Saint Joseph’s University (SJU) on her recent promotion to director of the Professional MBA program SJU, effective July 1. The program is the oldest and largest graduate program in the Haub School of Business at SJU. She welcomes this move, which encompasses all of the business school as opposed to just heading up the Executive MBA in Food Marketing, which she has been doing for the past eight years. Christine said: “I am looking forward to helping people accelerate their careers and become leaders of organizational growth through advanced academic experiences.” The Executive MBA is offered in many areas of expertise in both on campus programs in Philadelphia and now worldwide via online programs. SJU has been ranked by the Association to Advance College Schools of Business in the top five percent of business schools around the world. Christine has spent her entire career in the food business from Scott Paper Company to Campbell’s with other stops along the way. Best of luck Christine, and don’t forget your buddies in food marketing!

Continuing the circle of life, we send out best wishes to Courtney Mallowe and Ryan McAleer both from Campbell Soup Company, who married on June 1 at Saint Patrick’s Church in Philadelphia, followed by a reception at the Radisson Warwick and a honeymoon in Antigua. Courtney is the youngest child of Charles Mallowe, retired from SJU’s Academy of Food Marketing. Congratulations!

Al Gross, a veteran Philadelphia grocer passed away on June 2 at age 89. Al served our country in WWII and was part of the team that liberated the Dachau Concentration Camp. He joined his father as a partner in the Ambler Market. In 1961, Al, his brother Gene and their father opened the Port Richmond Thriftway. They worked together until they retired after a 38 year partnership. ShopRite owner and friend Rich McMenamim said Al was in his store every Wednesday. He volunteered at the Jewish Community Center serving lunches to seniors near Rich’s store and would stop in for coffee. They would sit in the café and talk shop. Rich said, “Al loved the business, it was in his blood.” Anyone wishing to make a donation is asked to send them to the Abington Memorial Hospice Program, 2501 Maryland Road, Suite 250, Willow Grove, PA19090.

High school graduations abound this month. Congratulations to: TJ Kollhoff, son of Shawn Padgett of George Wells Meats, who graduated from Garnet Valley High School and is going to Wilkes University; Alana Liss, son of Jon Liss of Michel’s Bakery, who graduated from The Shipley School and is going to attend Vanderbilt University; and to my nephews Mario Maggio II and Michael Maggio, who graduated from The Haverford School and are off to the University of Alabama! Go get ‘em guys!

Birthday shout outs for “June is dairy month” go to: Jeff Geiges, Acme Markets; Mark Tarzwell, Ahold USA; Jim Burke Sr., Seafood America; Bill Derbyshire, Coca Cola Refreshments; Barry Kahn, Advantage Waypoint; Phil Scaduto, Food Circus Supermarkets; Tom Canuso, Turkey Hill; Nancy Rodgers-Fluharty, JLB Bakery Consultants; Ralph Nagle, Albert’s Organics; Brian Chick, Charles Ritter, Inc.; Terri Maloney, Food Trade News/Food World; and our publisher, Jeff Metzger. Buon compleanno a tutti!

Celebrating marital bliss are: Charlie and Pat Poletti, Acosta; Curt and Trish Gruber, Acosta; and a special couple celebrating, my parents, Mario and Rosalie Maggio. Auguri!

Quote of the month: “We must be willing to let go of the life we have planned, so as to have the life that is waiting for us.” – E.M. Forester


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