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GMA Presents Wakefern President with Industry Collaboration Leadership Award

COLORADO SPRINGS, CO –The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) presented the 2012 Industry Collaboration Leadership Award to Joe Sheridan, President and COO of Wakefern Food Corporation, Monday night during the President’s Dinner at the GMA Executive Conference.

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.

“Joe Sheridan is a leader who possesses the vision and determination to confront the challenges and opportunities facing the CPG industry, and who knows that collaboration among trading partners is the key to responsible growth,” said Pamela G. Bailey, President and CEO of GMA. “Joe has been instrumental in building industry collaboration on key initiatives such as the Rapid Recall Exchange and other business-building areas that help us serve the consumer better and more completely.”

Joe demonstrates the importance of trading collaboration by serving as Chairman of the National Grocers Association. He is a member of the board of directors and the Executive Committee of the Food Marketing Institute. He is also a board member of GS 1, a non-profit organization that designs and manages standards for the global supply chain.

“This recognition is truly an honor and is a testimony to the member-driven culture and entrepreneurial spirit of Wakefern,” said Sheridan. “We are grateful to GMA for its continued support of the industry as a whole as we move into a new phase of our business’ history.”

“Joe Sheridan is a credit to our industry and it is a pleasure to recognize his many contributions with this award,” concluded Bailey.


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.