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Goya Foods, America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, is donating 100,000 pounds of Goya products to victims of Hurricane Isaac in Louisiana. The donation is being administered and distributed by the Second Harvest Food Bank of Greater New Orleans and Acadiana, a non-profit organization dedicated to the fight against hunger in southLouisianathrough food distribution, education, advocacy and disaster response.

Goya has a long history of providing aid to those impacted by natural disasters and has made significant donations both at home, including those impacted by Hurricane Katrina as well as abroad in Mexico, Haiti, Chile, Peru and El Salvador, among others. “Giving has always been an integral part of not only our culture, but for Goya at large, especially during such difficult times,” says Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods. “We wanted to help all the families and children who were affected by the devastation of Hurricane Isaac and hope that our donation of healthy food products will provide necessary nutrients. We also want to thank Second Harvest Food Bank for their assistance and dedication in this time of need.” The 100,000 pound donation which will produce over 83,000 meals will include healthy products from Goya’s MyPlate product line in addition to staple items like rice, beans, canned goods and coconut water.

White Rose’s Good Neighbor Program, in conjunction with Con Agra and its community partner the Dominico-American Society (DAS) is hosting the first ever “Seeds of Talent”

Showcase, a presentation of performances aimed at fostering and promoting artistic talent in the community. The event will be held on October 18th at the Queens Theater in the Park from 7:00 to 10:00 p.m. It will highlight the vocal and dance performances of the children of the NY/Metropolitan area, the area served by the White Rose retailers. For more information contact Elizabeth Melo at

The Expo East Natural and Organic Show was held last month in Baltimore, MD. Attendance has grown each year as natural and organic products have become more mainstream. Annual awards are given out to the exhibitors who have created the most innovative products within the past year. The finalists are selected by and voted on by attendees of Expo East. Parmesan and rosemary popcorn by Quinn Popcorn, coconut tea by Dr. B’s Premium Microbrewed Tea (food), and Angie’s Kettle Corn by Angie’s Artisan Treats (best packaging) were the winners in the food categories. Keep in mind there is more to this expo than food. Clothing for the entire family, homeopathic healing, household goods and vitamins are also widely displayed.

Just in time for the annual Produce Marketing Association’s Fresh Summit being held in Anaheim, CA October 26-28, Bryan Silbermann, president and CEO of PMA, was honored earlier this month with an “Award of Distinction” from the College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences (CA&ES) at the University of California, Davis.

The award is presented annually to those whose contributions and achievements enhance the college’s ability to provide cutting-edge research, top-notch education, and innovative outreach. Silbermann is being recognized as a “Friend of the College” for his crucial role in establishing the Center for Produce Safety (CPS) at UC Davis in response to an outbreak of E. coli in spinach in 2006. Seven other people – faculty, staff, alumni, and friends of the college also received the award.

Mark your calendars and don’t forget to register for a fun filled weekend in Atlantic City as the AMR/MAFTO honors AWI’s Chris Michael at the 8th annual dinner dance November 2-4. Many special events are planned for the weekend including a great dance party on Friday night, gaming lessons on Saturday afternoon so you don’t lose all your money to the Taj Mahal and good food, as always! For more information and to register go to:

The circle of life continues as we send condolences out to the Saker family on the death of their patriarch, Joseph Saker. A founding member of the New Jersey Food Council and a past president of the Board of Governors of theAcademy of Food Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University, he was a giant in our industry with the ability to foresee what the industry would need to grow and go forward. His legacy will live on through his children and grandchildren who are active in both of these organizations and other community endeavors.

Wedding bells rang recently for JOH’s Jan Gabriel and his new wife, Helen Nowak-Gabriel. After a pre-wedding honeymoon trip to Italy and a Mediterranean cruise, the pair tied the knot on September 21 with family and close friends in attendance. Also enjoying a romantic honeymoon in Italy after an at-home wedding on September 1 were Peter Schuster and his bride Shannon Collins. Peter is the son of Charlie and Mary Schuster, RMG. Best wishes and congratulations to all the newlyweds!

Birthday shout outs for the crisp and colorful month of October go out to: Ray Nemeth, Herr Foods; Mike Villari, Citterio; Pete Kostick, Utz Snacks; Mike Keba Jr., Giant/Carlisle; Charlie Schuster, RMG; Carl Jablonski, Bud’s Market; Rick Egick, Strategick Sales; Jeff Ghajar, Goya Foods; Nina Weiland, retired Food Trade News; and Andy Metzger, son of Best-Met’s Jeff and Audrie Metzger. Buon compleanno a tutti!

Celebrating marital bliss this month are: Tim and Lisa Summy, Bimbo Bakeries; Frank and Mary Fraizer, retired Cargill; and Charlie and Mary Schuster, RMG. Congratulations!

 Quote of the month: “Tact is the art of making a point without making an enemy.” Sir Isaac Newton


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