RELEASE: Richard Saker of Saker ShopRite to Be Elected NJFC Chair At Annual Membership Meeting

Richard Saker, Saker ShopRites (NJFC Secret)

Featuring a special presentation from New Jersey’s Lieutenant Governor Kim Guadagno, NJFC will kick off the New Year with its Annual Membership meeting on Tuesday, January 24th at 5:30 p.m. at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township, New Jersey.

At the event, NJFC will elect its new officers and Board of Directors, including the association’s new Chair, Richard J. Saker of Saker ShopRites, who currently serves as Vice Chair. Richard Saker is the Chairman, President and CEO of Saker Holdings Corporation and Saker ShopRites, Inc., owner and operator of 30 ShopRite Supermarkets, 29 pharmacies, 2 liquor stores, and Dearborn Market and Garden Center.  Saker ShopRites is one of the highest average volume per store supermarket chains in the country, employing nearly 9,000 associates.

Also joining as officers in 2017 are Vice Chair Mike Murphy, Senior Vice President of QuickChek Corporation and Secretary Joe Sofia, Senior Vice President of Wegmans Food Markets.  Associate Vice Chair Joe McCarthy, Vice President Metro Atlantic of Bimbo Bakeries, and Treasurer Mike Rothwell, Vice President and General Manager of Pennington Quality Market, will continue in their roles for another term.  The full Board of Directors will also be elected for a new term during the meeting.

Attendees will enjoy a cocktail reception featuring the best that New Jersey’s craft breweries and wineries have to offer while networking with the state’s leading food industry executives and professionals.

The Annual Meeting is an important opportunity for NJFC members to discuss the association’s priorities and major events for the upcoming year. It’s also a great time for members to learn about government affairs initiatives and the various NJFC Committees in which they can participate.

For industry members who would like to attend the event and celebrate the beginning of another exciting year, please visit our registration page.

NJFC Hosts Insightful Northeast Regional Loss Prevention Conference

NJFC Honors Industry Leaders and Law Enforcement Partners

for Efforts to Reduce Retail Theft

Focusing on the challenges of loss prevention and security in the food and retail industries, the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC) last week joined the New Jersey Retail Merchants Association (NJRMA) in hosting the widely-attended Northeast Regional Loss Prevention Conference and Exhibition at Forsgate Country Club in Monroe Township.

You can view photos from the event here!

The event featured keynote speakers from the retail industry and law enforcement, including Assistant United States Attorney Zach Intrater, Deputy Chief of the Economics Crimes Section of the Criminal Division. A key focus of this year’s conference was the importance of partnerships between the retail industry and law enforcement professionals to help thwart crime and reduce risk.

“New Jersey’s retail and food industry is fortunate to have the support of dedicated law enforcement professionals at the local, state, and federal level assisting us in our efforts to reduce loss and prevent crime,” said Linda Doherty, NJFC President.  “This year’s conference hit on some very important topics for our industry, ranging from the threat of terrorism to organized retail theft, and how we can work with law enforcement to reduce risk, increase safety, and prevent crime.”

Featured topics of the conference included a session on evolving threats in retail security by James D’Arcy, Vice President of Cambridge Security.  D’Arcy spoke about ways in which retail establishments can protect themselves from becoming “soft targets” of terrorist attacks.  Additionally, Robert Anzilotti, Chief of Detectives at the Bergen County Prosecutors Office, presented an Organized Retail Crime case study on “Operation Jersey Boyz,” a high-profile organized crime ring that was brought to justice through the cooperation of retail executives with law enforcement officers.

Other sessions included “The Impact of the Heroin Crisis on Organized Retail Theft” presented by Chief Chris Leusner, Middletown PD and Vice President of NJ Chiefs of Police Association and “Working with Local Law Enforcement on Retail Fraud Cases” presented by Lt. Zsakhiem James, 2nd District Commander, Camden County Police Department.


NJFC Honors Industry Loss Prevention Leader and Law Enforcement Professionals

Additionally, the annual conference honored food industry executives and law enforcement professionals for their achievements in the field of loss prevention.  Ed Rohena of Stop & Shop Supermarkets received the 2016 Loss Prevention Professional Award, and three law enforcement officers received the 2016 Retail Law Enforcement Achievement Award:  Kate Ingram from the New Jersey State Police; Detective Mike Coffey from the Piscataway Police Department; and Detective Mark Bajada from the Toms River Police Department.

“The annual Loss Prevention Professional Award recognizes Ed Rohena, Asset Protection Manager with Stop & Stop Supermarkets as a loss prevention executive who has advanced the mission of loss prevention and has offered significant contributions to protect and promote retail security issues,” said Doherty.  “With more than two decades of experience, Ed has worked tirelessly with NJFC to promote retail security and loss prevention throughout the food industry, so it is only fitting that we honor his leadership and achievements at this conference.”

“Finally, I would like to extend my sincere congratulations and gratitude to the three members of law enforcement honored with the 2016 Retail Law Enforcement Achievement Award,” Doherty continued.  “Their dedication to partnering with the retail community to combat crime has been critical to our efforts to reduce loss and theft, especially in dealing with organized retail crime.”

Speaking Agenda Announced for the Loss Prevention Conference!

2016-northeast-regional-loss-prevention-conference-save-the-dateWe’re pleased to announce an exciting and timely agenda for the annual Northeast Regional Loss Prevention Conference, sponsored by New Jersey Food Council and New Jersey Retail Merchants Association.
Featured Speakers and Topics Include:
  • Legal Challenges in the Retail Industry: Loss Prevention, Fraud and Privacy – U.S. Attorney Paul Fishman – Keynote Speaker
  • Impact of the Heroin Crisis on Organized Retail Theft – Chief Chris Leusner, Middletown PD and Vice President of NJ Chiefs of Police Association
  • Working with Local Law Enforcement on Retail Fraud Cases – Lt. Zsakhiem James, 2nd District Commander, Camden County PD
  • ORC Case Study – Operation Jersey Boyz – Robert Anzilotti, Chief of Detectives at the Bergen County Prosecutors Office
  • Evolving Threats in Retail Security – James D’Arcy, VP of Cambridge Security
If you haven’t yet registered for this must-attend industry conference, please visit:

FCCfGG Hosts Successful 43rd Annual Good Government Breakfast

Honors Legislators and NJ Health Commissioner at Event

NJFC, Good Government  Breakfast


With over 200 food industry executives, business leaders and legislators in attendance, the Food Council Committee for Good Government (FCCfGG) this week hosted its 43rd Annual Good Government Breakfast at Forsgate Country Club. You can view a highlight video of the event here, or at the bottom of this page!

The political action arm of the New Jersey Food Council (NJFC), FCCfGG honored Senator Jeff Van Drew (D-1) and Assemblyman Jack Ciattarelli (R-16) as Legislators of the Year for their efforts in support of the New Jersey food industry. Additionally, New Jersey Department of Health Commissioner Cathleen Bennett was presented with the Thomas W. Kelly Government Service Award.

Recognizing leaders within the food industry, FCCfGG presented Tom Cormier of Ahold USA with the 2016 Good Government Award for his outstanding efforts advocating for our industry.  The Committee also recognized future industry leaders who recently graduated from NJFC’s 2016 Leadership Development Class.

“This breakfast is a celebration of the good government process and our commitment to working with government officials and legislators to develop sound public policy,” said FCCfGG Chairman Phil Scaduto of Food Circus Foodtown who welcomed attendees with opening remarks.

Representing businesses that collectively employ more than 200,000 New Jerseyans, NJFC President and CEO Linda Doherty highlighted the importance of advocacy and government partnerships in order to help grow the industry.

“We’re one of the largest industries in New Jersey, and so it is critically important that we have these partnerships with local, state and federal government officials,” Doherty said.

Attendees also heard from Peter Larkin, President and CEO of the National Grocers Association (NGA) who talked about a number of important issues facing the food industry at the state and federal level, including minimum wage and labor policy issues.

“Whether it is local government, state government or federal government, a lot of these issues have a tremendous impact on our businesses,” Larkin said, who gave participants a briefing on the positions of this year’s presidential candidates in regards to the food industry.

“The New Jersey food industry has a strong commitment to advocacy and good government relations, as demonstrated by the outstanding attendance at this year’s event,” Doherty concluded.  “This breakfast is always a great opportunity for food industry executives to talk with legislators on both sides of the aisle about the issues that matter most to their businesses.  We look forward to continuing to build strong relationships with our elected officials in the months and years to come.”


About FCCfGG

Since its formation, the FCCfGG has been instrumental in promoting good relations between elected officials, candidates for office, and the food industry. NJFC members have the ability to learn about the ideas and opinions of their leaders and candidates on a number of issues which may impact their businesses, as well as communicate their views on important issues to the candidates for public office.

The New Jersey Food Council is the Garden State’s preeminent trade association representing 1,200 retail food stores, wholesalers, manufacturing and service companies that collectively employ more than 200,000 associates in NJ.  For more information, visit


2016 Good Government Breakfast Highlight Video

NJ Food Council Graduates 2016 Leadership Development Class


(L-R) Keith Breen of Perlmart; Nicholas Lewandoski of ACME Markets; Jessica Reiley of FoodCircus; Paula Coltriano of Acosta Sales and Marketing; Phil Scaduto of FoodCircus; Todd Ferrera of Wegmans Food Markets; Mike Nelson of Wegmans Food Markets; NJFC President Linda Doherty; James Hazlett of Bimbo Bakeries and NJFC Board Chair Judy Spires of Kings Food Markets



Assistant Secretary of Agriculture Al Murray addresses the group prior to the graduation ceremony

The New Jersey Food Council (NJFC) recently celebrated the graduation of its 2016 Leadership Development Class at a reception hosted by Wegmans Food Markets in Woodbridge, New Jersey.  Launched in 2014, the Food Council Leadership Development Program provides training for future leaders who have a passion for working in the food industry, possess an interest in the dynamics and trends of government, and want to make a difference in the direction of the industry.

Featuring speakers from Federal and State governments as well as the food industry, the program combines elements of mentoring, organizational education, leadership training, policy trends, and guided experiences. This year, Scott Coffina, Senior Deputy Chief Counsel to the Governor’s Office, and Al Murray, New Jersey Assistant Secretary of Agriculture, were keynote speakers for the final session of the program.

Each year, NJFC member companies have the ability to nominate potential candidates for participation in the program.  NJFC’s Leadership Development Team then selects those individuals who have demonstrated a commitment to the New Jersey Food Council and who have great potential for growth and advancement in the food distribution business.

Senior Deputy Chief Counsel Scott Coffina addresses the group prior to the graduation ceremony

“We really enjoyed working with this year’s class of rising stars in the food industry,” said NJFC President, Linda Doherty.  “One of the main goals of this program is to educate future leaders on public policy areas that impact their business and the food industry’s bottom line. We were fortunate to have key policy leaders from the Governor’s Office and the Department of Agriculture work with this group and explain the inner-workings of state government and the importance of advocacy.”

“The training and mentoring they received throughout this entire program will not only help advance their careers, but also ensure the food industry continues to flourish,” Doherty continued.  “We applaud the group for their hard work and commitment to the program and we look forward to their continued success.”



Below are the individuals in this year’s graduating NJFC Leadership Development class:

  • Antonio Acosta – Kings Food Markets
  • Keith Breen – Perlmart
  • Paula Colatriano – Acosta Sales & Marketing
  • James Haslett – Bimbo Bakeries USA
  • Nicholas Lewandoski  – Acme Markets
  • Michael Nelson – Wegmans Food Markets
  • Jessica Riley – Food Circus Super Markets