SCOTTSDALE, AZ – The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) Hall of Achievement Award will be presented tonight to Timothy Smucker, Chairman of the Board, The J. M. Smucker Company and Daniel Wegman, Chief Executive Officer, Wegmans Food Markets before more than 400 industry leaders at the GMA Chairman’s Lecture. The Hall of Achievement Award represents the highest honor given by the more than 100 year-old association.
“Danny Wegman and Tim Smucker are more than pillars of industry, they are family men from two of the most admired family companies, who are as well known for their philanthropy as for their leadership,” said GMA President and CEO Pamela Bailey. “It is only fitting that these two men, who partnered on so many innovative solutions throughout their professional lives, will receive GMA’s highest honor at the same time. They are a credit to our industry and it is a pleasure to honor their many contributions with these awards.”
A 48-year veteran of his family’s business, Wegman is widely recognized as an industry innovator. Under Wegman’s leadership, the nearly 100-year-old beloved brand has become a $6.2 billion family-friendly franchise recognized by Fortune Magazine as one of the top-ranking places to work. Wegman’s service to the industry is marked by his success in building consensus on tough issues. From his work on data synchronization, Efficient Consumer Response (ECR) and the New Ways of Working Together program, to his tenures as chairman of the Food Marketing Institute (FMI), GS1 US, GS1 Global and the FMI Food Safety Task Force, Wegman has been a leader in bringing retailers and manufacturers together.
Tim Smucker has served as the company’s chairman, president, COO, co-chief executive and a number of different roles over the years as the company has remained in the able hands of the Smucker family for four generations. As vice president of planning in the 1970s, he ushered in a new, more modern approach to strategic, tactical and operational planning – a theme that would continue throughout his career. Tim Smucker is well-known for advocating for business standards, supply chain innovations and advanced technologies that have helped move not only Smucker’s but the entire industry forward.
Smucker’s long standing commitment to the CPG industry is evidenced by his years of service at GMA, working to bring the industry together through long-time posts on the GMA Board of Directors, its Executive Committee and its Board Committee on Health and Wellness. Smucker continues in implementing innovative new industry technology and standards in his role as Vice Chairman and Chairman Emeritus for the Management Board of GS1.
The GMA Hall of Achievement Award honors the extraordinary service and contributions of the consumer packaged goods industry’s most distinguished leaders. Established in 1984, 2013 marks the 29th anniversary of the award whose past recipients include AG Lafley of The Procter & Gamble Company, Doug Conant of Campbell Soup Company, and Ric Jurgens of Hy-Vee, Inc.
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. For more information visit www.gmaonline.org.