Release: NJ Food Council Honors Industry Leaders

NJFC, Night of Distinction

NJFC, Night of Distinction

The New Jersey Food Council hosted the “Night of Distinction” Reception on Wednesday March 16, at The Palace at Somerset, Somerset, New Jersey.  The event with its powerful slate of honorees drew over 500 guests to the event including prominent food industry executives.

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At the event, Dan Croce, President of Acme Markets and his Executive Team; Rafael Cuellar, President & CEO Cuellar Family ShopRites; Barry Schiro, President, CBA Industries, were honored with Industry Achievement Awards for their meaningful contribution to advance the mission of the Food Council, for achieving significant food business success and for their history of civic service within the New Jersey food community. Linda Doherty, President & CEO, New Jersey Food Council also was presented with the Excellence in Leadership Award recognizing her 23 years of service at the food council and her 12 years as President.

NJFC Chair, Judy Spires, CEO of Kings Food Market stated, “This distinguished class of food industry leaders was recognized for their continued achievements in the competitive NJ marketplace. We were thrilled with the outpouring of support for this event and the honorees, which is no surprise given these honorees are among the most respected leaders in the industry”.

In addition to their Industry Achievement Award, each honoree was presented with Joint Resolutions by Senator Jennifer Beck of the NJ State Legislature commemorating their industry achievement and dedication to business in the Garden State.

The New Jersey Food Council is the Garden State’s food industry trade association with almost 400 members representing over 1,200 retail food stores, wholesalers, manufacturing and service companies that supply them.

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Trenton, NJ: The New Jersey Food Council will host its most prestigious event of the year, The Night of Distinction Reception, on Wednesday, March 16, at The Palace at Somerset Park in Somerset, New Jersey.  The event with its powerful slate of honorees is expected to draw more than 600 guests representing over 100 companies in our industry. The evening’s festivities begin at 6:00 p.m. with a cocktail reception, followed by an evening of excellent entertainment, delicious food and an awards ceremony for our industry colleagues.

This year, for the first time, we will have a silent auction with tickets to local sporting events, celebrity sports memorabilia, golf outings to local country clubs, and much more. All proceeds will benefit the NJFC Educational Development Scholarship Program which this year will award 13 scholarships totaling $45,000, the largest investment in the history of our foundation.

At the event, Dan Croce, President of Acme Markets; Rafael Cuellar, President & CEO of Cuellar Family ShopRite’s, Barry Schiro, President, CBA Industries; will be honored with Industry Achievement Awards for their meaningful contribution to advance the mission of the Food Council, for achieving significant food business success and for their history of civic service within the New Jersey food community. In addition, Linda Doherty; President & CEO, New Jersey Food Council will be awarded the Excellence in Leadership for her dedication to the industry and her 23 years of commitment to the New Jersey Food Council.

NJFC Chair, Judith Spires, CEO of Kings Food Markets Inc., stated “This distinguished class     of food industry leaders is being recognized for their continued achievements in the ultra-competitive NJ marketplace. We are thrilled with the outpouring of support for this event and the honorees, which is no surprise given these honorees are among the most respected leaders in the industry.  We are grateful to have the opportunity to honor them with Industry Achievement Awards at this showcase NJFC event.”

With The New Jersey Food Council is the Garden State’s food industry trade association with almost 400 members representing over 1,200 retail food stores, wholesalers, manufacturing and service companies that supply them.

NJFC Scholarship Program Continues to Grow!

The New Jersey Food Council’s Education Development Scholarship Program was created with the goal to promote future leaders, create a benefit for NJFC members and their families, and support the food industry.  Scholarships will be available for the Fall 2016 school year and the deadline to submit an application is April 15, 2016.

This year the Food Council and our members will award 15 scholarships totaling $53,000 which is the largest education investment in our history!

The available scholarships are listed below, click on the links to view the criteria and application for each.

  • 3 New Jersey Food Council Scholarships – Policy – Application
    • Founders Scholarship Award – $5,000
    • Thomas Infusino Scholarship Award – $5,000
    • Student Award – $5,000

Please help us share this information within your organization and with family members who may be interested in applying for a scholarship.

The NJFC Educational Development Fund is an independent 501 3c fund with tax exempt status.  Not only can the program award scholarships but it can administer member foundations and endowment programs as well. We encourage members to consider these options to invest in the future of the New Jersey Food Council.  If you would like to discuss contributing to the endowment fund by establishing a family or company scholarship, please call Linda Doherty at (609) 392-8899. 

NJFC’s Mary Ellen Peppard Comments on Chip Card Implementation Delays

On Monday, February 22nd, the Assembly Consumer Affairs Committee held a discussion only hearing to gather information on the delayed implementation of the transition to Chip and Signature. Retailers who were not chip enabled by October of 2015 have been subject to increased liability by Visa and MasterCard for fraudulent purchases made at their stores. Retailers have reported increased chargebacks on transactions that use credit and debit cards since the transition. During the hearing Mary Ellen Peppard, NJFC Assistant Vice President for Government Affairs, shared the difficulties that have been reported by members with obtaining the software and having it certified so they can become enabled to accept chip cards.  Ms. Peppard was joined by representatives of other retailers who shared similar experiences.  Take a few moments to view the video and article below which highlights Mary Ellen’s interview with NJTV!


 

NJTV Report: Lawmakers Hear About Delays with Credit Card Chip Readers

By Brenda Flanagan
Correspondent

If you’ve tried to use a new, chip-enhanced credit card recently and found the machine wasn’t working, you’ve got company: specifically, Assemblyman Paul Moriarty, whose attempts to charge-by-chip went nowhere at three big-name stores.

“At each one of them I asked to use the chip technology and I was told, ‘You can’t. You have to slide it, swipe it, we’re not using that right now.’ So I’m not sure what the hang-up is, what the problem is,” he said.

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