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Robert Rich, Jr. and Jeff Noddle Selected to Receive GMA Hall of Achievement Award

WASHINGTON, D.C. - Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey today announced that Robert E. Rich, Jr., Chairman of Rich Products Corporation, and Jeff Noddle, Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of SUPERVALU INC., have been selected to be recipients of the GMA 2009 Hall of Achievement Award.

“The Hall of Achievement Award is GMA’s most prestigious honor. It is given to those individuals who have demonstrated life-long commitment to, and achievement within, the food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry,” said Ms. Bailey. “Both of these individuals have a strong legacy of leadership and success within our industry. GMA’s board and membership look forward to honoring them at the Executive Conference, August 30 in Colorado Springs, Colorado.”

Robert E. Rich, Jr., serves as Chairman of Rich Products Corporation of Buffalo, New York, a company with annual sales in excess of $2.64 billion, employs more than 7,500 people worldwide, and sells a variety of products to 73 countries.

Mr. Rich was a long-serving member of the GMA board of directors. He was Chairman of the GMA board from 1999 to 2001. He is active on several corporate boards and organizations including The Cleveland Clinic Foundation, Extra Mile Transportation, Inc., and The International Game Fish Association. Rich is a member of the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation Leadership Council and the United States Squash Association. He is a spokesman for Meals on Wheels and a life member of the Distinguished Order of Zerocrats. Rich is also a past chairman of the Uniform Code Council as well as the National Frozen Food Association, one of the youngest ever to head this leadership group of over 1,600 distributors, brokers and manufacturers.

Jeff Noddle is chairman and chief executive officer of Minnesota-based SUPERVALU INC., the third-largest grocery retail company and leading food distributor in the United States. During his career, he has held a number of leadership positions across SUPERVALU’s retail and supply chain operations, including president and chief operating officer; corporate executive vice president and president and chief operating officer of SUPERVALU’s supply chain company; and corporate vice president, Merchandising.

Mr. Noddle is the immediate past chairman of the board of directors of The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) and serves as a member of the boards of directors of Donaldson Company, Inc., Ameriprise Financial, Inc., The Food Industry Center at the University of Minnesota, the Independent Grocers Alliance, Inc. (IGA), and the Academy of Food Marketing at Saint Joseph’s University. In addition, he is a member of The Business Council, a national organization of CEOs. He is also active in Minneapolis civic affairs, currently serving on the Greater Twin Cities United Way board of directors and executive committee, the University of Minnesota Carlson School of Management’s Board of Overseers, and as a member of the executive committee of the Minnesota Business Partnership.

Douglas R. Conant, president and CEO of Campbell Soup Company and Chairman of the GMA Board of Directors, will present the Hall of Achievement award to Mr. Rich and Mr. Noddle prior to the GMA Executive Conference Chairman’s Lecture, to be held August 30 at the Broadmoor resort in Colorado Springs, Colorado.