SCOTTSDALE, AZ - The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) will present the GMA 2013 Industry Collaboration Leadership Award to Frederick J. Morganthall II, President and COO of Harris Teeter, Inc., this Saturday evening during the GMA Chairman’s Lecture.
The Industry Collaboration Leadership Award recognizes an industry leader who has demonstrated excellence in fostering collaboration among trading partners and programs throughout their career that better serve the consumer.
“Fred Morganthall’s leadership, passion and commitment have mobilized the retail and CPG industries to work together in new and innovative ways around the shared goals of serving the consumer and responsible growth,” said Pamela G. Bailey, president and CEO of GMA. “At a time when our industry is facing many challenges, it is only fitting that we recognize the exemplary leadership that motivates and inspires us to strive for a higher level of trading partner collaboration.”
Morganthall started in the industry in 1973 at The Procter & Gamble Company and went on to join the wholesale and retail side of the business at Spartan Stores from 1978 to 1986, when he joined the North Carolina-based Harris Teeter, Inc. In 1997, he became president of this sixth-ranked chain in CONSUMER REPORT’s list of Top Food Retailers.
“Perhaps it is due to his background in CPG or because of his service as chairman of the FMI Industry Relations Committee, but Fred Morganthall has brought a special level of collaborative leadership to the industry,” said Joe Bivona, vice president, trade development, Time Inc. Retail, and chair of the GMA Industry Development Advisory Committee, which administers the award.
Based in Washington, D.C., the Grocery Manufacturers Association is the voice of more than 300 leading food, beverage and consumer product companies that sustain and enhance the quality of life for hundreds of millions of people in the United States and around the globe.
Founded in 1908, GMA is an active, vocal advocate for its member companies and a trusted source of information about the industry and the products consumers rely on and enjoy every day. The association and its member companies are committed to meeting the needs of consumers through product innovation, responsible business practices and effective public policy solutions developed through a genuine partnership with policymakers and other stakeholders.
In keeping with its founding principles, GMA helps its members produce safe products through a strong and ongoing commitment to scientific research, testing and evaluation and to providing consumers with the products, tools and information they need to achieve a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. The food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry in the United States generates sales of $2.1 trillion annually, employs 14 million workers and contributes $1 trillion in added value to the economy every year.