Release: Food Council Hosts Special Event for 2017 Education Scholarship Winners

Recently, the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC) hosted a special event to honor 2017 scholarship recipients from the Educational Development Scholarship Foundation at Forsgate Country Club, Monroe. The recipients and their families were joined by members of the Board of Directors as well as sponsors of the individual scholarships.

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Since the inception of the Scholarship Program in 2011, the three NJFC scholarships have grown from $2,000 to $5,000 each and now the Foundation manages an additional 17 member supported scholarships.  In all, 20 scholarships will be awarded this year totaling $67,000.

“We are proud of how significantly our scholarship program has expanded over the last few years,” said NJFC President & CEO Linda Doherty.  “When we created this small scholarship program in 2011 to help grow the future of our industry and to benefit our members and their families, we had no idea that it would grow so quickly. The incredible support of our members and the opportunity to make such as significant impact on the lives of our associates and their families makes this one of the most rewarding programs we offer.”

Doherty added, “NJFC received 124 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.”

 
The following scholarships were awarded this year by NJFC:

  1. NJFC Founders Scholarship Award – An award of $5,000 to an employee in a food related member business or future industry leader.

Recipient:  Erich Ballard, Wegmans Food Markets, TCNJ (Junior)

  1. NJFC Student Award – An award of $5,000 to a graduating high school senior or college student who is a family member of a full time employee, NJFC employee or part-time student employee.

Recipient:  Dana Schmeltzle, QuickChek Corporation, North Carolina State University (Sophomore)

  1. NJFC Thomas Infusino Scholarship Award – An award of $5,000 to one employee in a retail member business.

Recipient:  Ruth Fiore, Stop & Shop Supermarkets, NJIT (Freshman)

 

Member Scholarships:

  1. Acme Food Markets Scholarship – An award of $2,500 to an employee or family member employed at Acme Food Markets.

Recipient:  Victoria Blankenbiller, Acme Markets, Mercer County Community College (Freshman)

  1. CBA Industries Scholarship – An award of $2.500 to an employee or family member employed at CBA Industries or an NJFC Retail Food Market.

Recipient:  Andrew Easterwood, CBA Industries, Georgia Southern University (Senior)

  1. CBA Industries Scholarship – An award of $2.500 to an employee or family member employed at CBA Industries or an NJFC Retail Food Market.

Recipient:  Kacie Meyer, Perlmutter ShopRite, Fairleigh Dickinson University (Freshman)

  1. Cuellar Family ShopRites Scholarship – An award of $2,500 to an employee or family member employed at Cuellar Family ShopRites.

Recipient:  Manthan Gandhi, Cuellar Family ShopRites, NJIT (Junior)

  1. Lawrence R. Inserra Memorial Scholarship – An award of $5,000 to an employee or family member of Inserra Supermarkets.

Recipient:  Ariana DiPietrantonio, Inserra Supermarkets, Undecided (Freshman)

  1. QuickChek Corporation Scholarship – An award of $2,000 to an employee or family member employed at QuickChek Corporation.

Recipient:  Yasmine Elasmar, QuickChek Corporation, Undecided (Freshman)

  1. Grace Scaduto Memorial Scholarship – An award of $2,000 to a student chosen by the Scaduto family.

Recipient:  Ruth Fiore, Stop & Shop Supermarkets, NJIT (Freshman)

  1. Spires Family Scholarship – An award of $2,500 to a Kings associate or family member chosen by the Spires family.

Recipient:  Michael Napolitano, Kings Food Markets, Northeastern University (Junior)

  1. Spires Family Scholarship – An award of $2,500 to a Kings associate or family member chosen by the Spires family.

Recipient: Molly Tompson, Kings Food Markets, Penn State University (Sophomore)

  1. Perry Sumas Memorial Scholarship – An award of $5,000 to a student chosen by the Sumas family.

Recipient:  Kacie Meyer, Perlmutter ShopRite, Fairleigh Dickinson University (Freshman)

  1. Wawa Education Scholarship – An award of $5,000 to an employee or family member employed at Wawa.

Recipient:  Eun Kyung Jeon, Wawa, Northeastern University (Freshman)

  1. Whole Foods Market Scholarship – An award of $2,000 to a team member employed by Whole Foods Market.

Recipient:  Addrisa Ankrah, Whole Foods Market, Montclair State University (Senior)

  1. Whole Foods Market Scholarship – An award of $2,000 to a team member employed by Whole Foods Market.

Recipient:  Allyssa Farino, Whole Foods Market, Hunter College (Junior)

  1. Whole Foods Market Scholarship – An award of $2,000 to a team member employed by Whole Foods Market.

Recipient:  Melissa Gonzalez, Whole Foods Market, Laguardia CUNY (Freshman)

  1. Whole Foods Market Scholarship – An award of $2,000 to a team member employed by Whole Foods Market.

Recipient:  Ruth Gadsden, Whole Foods Market, CUNY-City College (Sophomore)

  1. Whole Foods Market Scholarship – An award of $2,000 to a team member employed by Whole Foods Market.

Recipient:  Lorraine Martinez, Whole Foods Market, William Paterson University (Junior)

NJFC Honors the “Best of the Best” at Annual “Night of Distinction”

More than 500 guests recently attended the New Jersey Food Council’s “Night of Distinction” event to honor its 2017 Industry Achievement Award recipients, comprising prominent food industry executives who continue to innovate and propel the industry in the state.

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This year’s honorees have advanced the mission of the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC), achieved significant food business success, and have a history of civic service. This year’s honorees are John Derderian, President of Allegiance Retail Services; Frank Mastrangelo, Area Marketing Director of SuperValu; and Nico Sumas, Chief Marketing Officer of Village ShopRite Supermarkets Inc.

“We are excited to honor these three individuals who work diligently to support our efforts and our association’s mission.” said Linda Doherty, NJFC President. “They are truly the best of the best in our industry and we are enormously proud to honor them.”

Derderian leads a supermarket cooperative of about 100 stores headquartered in Central New Jersey. His focus has been to ramp up the cooperative’s investment in information technology, resulting in improved data-sharing platforms, increased analytical capabilities, price optimization, and digital e-commerce initiatives.

Even though so much has changed in the industry, the fundamental service we provide to our consumers has not changed: quality food at good prices and a clean store environment,” Derderian said. “And no matter how much technology we deploy, it’s still a people business.”

Mastrangelo is a member of the NJFC Board of Directors for the past 12 years, as well as the Finance Committee, where he has served for the past eight years. He is a 34-year industry veteran, who began his career as a manufacturer representative at Mrs. Paul’s, moving onto retail and foodservice supply chain services with Rotelle, Richfood, Fleming, AWI and, now, SuperValu.

“With every successful person, there’s some type of family behind them – some blood-related, sometimes not, but there’s always a family behind them,” Mastrangelo said. “So other than that, I’d like to thank the Council again, I’d like to thank all of the vendors that participated, and I’d like to ask you again, from the Food Council to you – if you’re a member, participate more, get involved. If you’re not, sign up.”

Sumas is Chief Marketing Officer of Village Super Market Inc. (a member of Wakefern Food Corporation), which operates 29 ShopRite supermarkets in New Jersey, Pennsylvania and Maryland. Nico, a third-generation grocer, has worked in almost all facets of the family business since he was 14 years old.  He now works alongside his extended family to fulfill their mission of helping families live better.
“About 80 years ago, two immigrant brothers scraped their hard-earned savings together and started a produce market in the Village of South Orange,” Sumas said. “Their love and determination in many ways is why I stand before you. I’m proud to be the namesake of one of those brothers.”

Michael Biase, Division Sales Manager, Mis sion Foods, noted the “Night of Distinction” is a “who’s who” of the New Jersey grocery industry. “We come together to celebrate the industry leaders who have helped us to be one of the finest food trade organizations in the country,” he explained.

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Release – Food Council Announces Education Scholarship Winners

Linda Doherty, President of the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC), announced the winners of the 2017 Education Development Scholarship Awards and a special Scholarship Reception will be held in their honor in April. NJFC created an Educational Scholarship Program to promote future leaders and support the food industry as recommended by the NJFC Trade Relations Committee.  This year, 20 member scholarships were awarded totaling $67,000.  Doherty stated, “We are pleased and proud that the scholarship program is growing and flourishing.  This is by far the most since the program’s inception.  We have come so far in the past seven years from three $2,000 scholarships to this robust investment today.  It allows us to provide an important member benefit and to invest in the future of NJFC families and our dynamic industry.

Doherty added, “NJFC received 124 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.”

 

The following scholarships were awarded this year:

  1. NJFC Founders Scholarship Award – An award of $5,000 to an employee in a food related member business or future industry leader.

Recipient:  Erich Ballard, Wegmans Food Markets, TCNJ (Junior)

  1. NJFC Student Award – An award of $5,000 to a graduating high school senior or college student who is a family member of a full time employee, NJFC employee or part-time student employee.

Recipient:  Dana Schmeltzle, QuickChek Corporation, North Carolina State University (Sophomore)

  1. NJFC Thomas Infusino Scholarship Award – An award of $5,000 to one employee in a retail member business.

Recipient:  Ruth Fiore, Stop & Shop Supermarkets, NJIT (Freshman)

  1. Acme Food Markets Scholarship – An award of $2,500 to an employee or family member employed at Acme Food Markets.

Recipient:  Victoria Blankenbiller, Acme Markets, Mercer County Community College (Freshman)

  1. CBA Industries Scholarship – An award of $2.500 to an employee or family member employed at CBA Industries or an NJFC Retail Food Market.

Recipient:  Andrew Easterwood, CBA Industries, Georgia Southern University (Senior)

  1. CBA Industries Scholarship – An award of $2.500 to an employee or family member employed at CBA Industries or an NJFC Retail Food Market.

Recipient:  Kacie Meyer, CBA Industries, Fairleigh Dickinson University (Freshman)

  1. Cuellar Family ShopRites Scholarship – An award of $2,500 to an employee or family member employed at Cuellar Family ShopRites.

Recipient:  Manthan Gandhi, Cuellar Family ShopRites, NJIT (Junior)

  1. Lawrence R. Inserra Memorial Scholarship – An award of $5,000 to an employee or family member of Inserra Supermarkets.

Recipient:  Ariana DiPietrantonio, Inserra Supermarkets, Undecided (Freshman)

  1. Raymond J. Maniaci Memorial Scholarship – An award of $8,000 to a food marketing major student at Saint Joseph’s University.

Recipient:  Jared Kolakowski, Perlmutter ShopRite, St. Joseph’s University (Freshman)

  1. QuickChek Corporation Scholarship – An award of $2,000 to an employee or family member employed at QuickChek Corporation.

Recipient:  Yasmine Elasmar, QuickChek Corporation, Undecided (Freshman)

  1. Grace Scaduto Memorial Scholarship – An award of $2,000 to a student chosen by the Scaduto family.

Recipient:  Ruth Fiore, Stop & Shop Supermarkets, NJIT (Freshman)

  1. Spires Family Scholarship – An award of $2,500 to a Kings associate or family member chosen by the Spires family.

Recipient:  Michael Napolitano, Kings Food Markets, Northeastern University (Junior)

  1. Spires Family Scholarship – An award of $2,500 to a Kings associate or family member chosen by the Spires family.

Recipient: Molly Tompson, Kings Food Markets, Penn State University (Sophomore)

  1. Perry Sumas Memorial Scholarship – An award of $5,000 to a student chosen by the Sumas family.

Recipient:  Kacie Meyer, ShopRite of Manahawkin, Fairleigh Dickinson University (Freshman)

  1. Wawa Education Scholarship – An award of $5,000 to an employee or family member employed at Wawa.

Recipient:  Eun Kyung Jeon, Wawa, Northeastern University (Freshman)

  1. Whole Foods Market Scholarship – An award of $2,000 to a team member employed by Whole Foods Market.

Recipient:  Addrisa Ankrah, Whole Foods Market, Montclair State University (Senior)

  1. Whole Foods Market Scholarship – An award of $2,000 to a team member employed by Whole Foods Market.

Recipient:  Allyssa Farino, Whole Foods Market, Hunter College (Junior)

  1. Whole Foods Market Scholarship – An award of $2,000 to a team member employed by Whole Foods Market.

Recipient:  Melissa Gonzalez, Whole Foods Market, Laguardia CUNY (Freshman)

  1. Whole Foods Market Scholarship – An award of $2,000 to a team member employed by Whole Foods Market.

Recipient:  Ruth Gadsden, Whole Foods Market, CUNY-City College (Sophomore)

  1. Whole Foods Market Scholarship – An award of $2,000 to a team member employed by Whole Foods Market.

Recipient:  Lorraine Martinez, Whole Foods Market, Fairleigh Dickinson University (Junior)

 

Each recipient will be presented with a scholarship check at a special reception held on April 4, 2017 at the Forsgate Country Club, Monroe Township, NJ.

The New Jersey Food Council is the Garden State’s preeminent trade association representing almost 400 members serving the retail, wholesale and manufacturing segments of the New Jersey food distribution industry.

New Jersey Food Council’s Linda Doherty Honored by NJBIZ as One of State’s “Best 50 Women in Business”

Linda Doherty, President & CEO of the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC), is one of the state’s “Best 50 Women in Business” according to NJBIZ magazine.

Every year, NJBIZ selects professional women from around New Jersey, representing a wide variety of industries and career paths, who all share one characteristic: leadership in the Garden State’s business community. This highly competitive list includes C-suite executives, educators, entrepreneurs and many others who are making a strong positive impact on the state’s economy.

The New Jersey Food Council, is a Trenton-based business trade association that represents more than 1,500 members in the food retail, wholesale, and manufacturing segments of the $136 billion New Jersey food distribution industry, including some of the largest employers in a state with almost nine million residents to feed every day.  Not only does she represent some of the finest companies in New Jersey, but some of the finest corporations in the world.

Larisa F. Perry, Wells Fargo; Kimberlee S. Phelan, WithumSmith+Brown; Linda Doherty, NJFC President; PC, Jerry Brown, Comcast Business during presentation ceremony.

As the fifth and longest serving NJFC president in its 48-year history, Ms. Doherty develops and launches programs and policies designed to continuously strengthen this industry that is so critical to the state’s economy, consumers, and workforce. Her professional focus is on association management, public policy, leadership development, corporate communications, public affairs, and government relations.

This year, she celebrated her 24th anniversary with the NJFC and 13th anniversary as president.

“To stand alongside such an accomplished group of women who are making a significant impact on business in New Jersey is a humbling honor and a special moment I will cherish,” Doherty said.

Doherty has been credited with developing NJFC’s Leadership Development program, growing it’s Student Scholarship and Educational Foundation, bringing more diversity onto the Board of Directors and in leadership positions andsharing her experiences, career insights and advice as a leading female food industry executive.

“Linda could not be more deserving of this recognition,” said Patrick C. Dunican, Jr., Chairman and Managing Director of Gibbons P.C. in Newark, who submitted Doherty’s nomination to NJBIZ. “She has made incredible strides as a leader in the food industry and the New Jersey business community at large.”

Doherty also has a strong passion for community outreach focusing on food assistance programs for women, children, families, and other individuals in need. As an advocate for women’s issues and financial stability, she founded the Girl’s Investment Network (GIN), a group of women in various stages of economic health to learn about financial stability, investing opportunities, and balancing personal finances.

Doherty is married and has three adult children.

Frank Mastrangelo of SuperValu to be Recognized at the Night of Distinction

March 23 is quickly approaching!  The NJ Food Council is hosting an eventful night to honor three of our leading members with Industry Achievement Awards. We are pleased to spotlight Frank Mastrangelo of SuperValu as a prestigious honoree.

Frank Mastrangelo, Area Marketing Director of Supervalu is a 34 year industry professional. He began his career as a manufacturing representative at Mrs. Paul’s, moving onto retail and foodservice supply chain services with Rotelle, Richfood, Fleming, AWI, and currently SuperValu.

Frank has held a variety of leadership positions in sales management including Vice President of Sales and Marketing, Vice President of Development, and multiple directorships. Frank has been serving on the Board of Directors for the NJFC for 12 years and has been an active member of the Council’s Finance Committee for eight years.

“Frank has been an integral member of the NJFC Board since he joined. He has made significant contributions as a voice on our finance committee that has enabled NJFC enjoy a strong and viable financial position. We are grateful for his savvy advice and counsel. Frank is being honored for his leadership on our board, promoting our economic stability, and increasing the visibility of the New Jersey Food Council.” said NJFC President Linda Doherty.

This year’s annual event will take place at The Palace at Somerset Park, 333 Davidson Avenue, Somerset, New Jersey on Thursday, March 23 beginning at 6:00 p.m. Joining Frank with this Industry Achievement recognition are Nico Sumas, Chief Marketing Officer of Village ShopRite and John Derderian, President of Allegiance Retail Services.

Tickets can be reserved online at www.njfoodcouncil.com/events or by calling NJFC at 609.392.8899.