Executive Update

GMA Executive Conference Awards

GMA Recognizes Hy-Vee’s Ric Jurgens and Clement Pappas’s Dean Pappas
with Hall of Achievement Award

The GMA Hall of Achievement Award was presented to Richard Jurgens, chairman and CEO of Hy-Vee, Inc. and Dean Pappas, CEO of Clement Pappas and Company, Inc., before more than 700 industry leaders at the annual Chairman’s Dinner at the GMA Executive Conference.

The GMA Hall of Achievement Award, representing the highest honor given by the more than 100 year-old association, honors the extraordinary service and contributions of the consumer packaged goods industry’s most distinguished leaders.

“Lifetime achievement is the hallmark of the GMA Hall of Achievement Award, and by that standard, no two people are more deserving than Ric Jurgens and Dean Pappas,” said President and CEO Pamela G. Bailey. “Their business savvy, their desire to make the world a better place and their compassion for their associates, their communities and their consumers sets them apart.”

A 42-year veteran of the company, Jurgens has been Hy-Vee’s top officer since 2006. He has bolstered the Hy-Vee reputation as an industry leader in health and wellness and has made a strong commitment to environmental sustainability. Jurgens served as chairman of the Food Marketing Institute and helped launch the industry’s Healthy Weight Commitment Foundation and groundbreaking front-of-package nutrition labeling initiative. He has also been asked by Iowa Governor Terry Branstad to co-chair the governor’s Healthiest State Initiative, a plan to make Iowa the healthiest state in the nation over the next five years. In December 2011, Jurgens announced his plans to step down from the helm of Hy-Vee in June of this year.

Dean Pappas joined Clement Pappas and Company in 1962. He and his brother, Peter, grew the company to a leader in the supply of private label fruit juice beverages and cranberry sauce to leading wholesalers and retailers throughout North America. Pappas was chairman and CEO until his family’s recent sale of the business in June 2011. Pappas’s long-standing commitment to the CPG industry is evidenced by his 27 years of service on the National Food Processors Association (NFPA), Food Processors Association (FPA) and GMA Boards of Directors, including serving as chairman of NFPA in 2004. He also served as president of the National Juice Products Association and chairman of the Food Institute, New Jersey Food Processors Association, and the New Jersey Farm Workers Corp. This April, Pappas and his wife, Zoe, established the Dean C. and Zoe S. Pappas Visiting Scholar Endowment Fund, with a $1 million endowment to bring renowned speakers to Richard Stockton College.

“The GMA Hall of Achievement Award is presented to the best and brightest in the CPG industry and GMA is proud to honor these two men who have been so successful as business leaders and who have given so much back to the industry and to their communities,” concluded Bailey.


GMA Honors E. & J. Gallo Winery and PepsiCo, Inc.
with CPG Awards for Innovation and Creativity

GMA and its Associate Member Council (AMC) awarded E. & J. Gallo Winery and PepsiCo, Inc. with the 2012 CPG Awards for Innovation and Creativity. The award is given annually to companies that have demonstrated creativity, innovation, and have made a significant impact on the industry knowledge base.

“GMA is proud to recognize and celebrate the creative thinking and innovation that powers the great companies and leaders in our industry,” said GMA President and CEO Pamela Bailey. “It is ingenuity such as that demonstrated by E. & J. Gallo and PepsiCo that allows our industry to grow, thrive and most importantly, satisfy its consumers.”

GMA evaluated applications in two manufacturer divisions– those from companies with total sales of less than $3 billion in Division A and companies with $3 billion or more in sales in Division B.

E. & J. Gallo Winery took the Division A award for creating the most comprehensive in-store wine education platform to date, the “Climb the Vine” program. This non-branded education and merchandising program was designed to demystify wine and make it approachable to the average American shopper.

After selecting a well-known national retail partner for the pilot project, Gallo instituted a four-phase initiative that grew wine sales more than twice the rate of their competitive market, that saw sales of focus items spiral more than 31 percent, and that achieved a 16 percent jump in household penetration – actually bringing new users to the category. Gallo is now expanding the successful pilot program to include other retailers.

“This award could not have been possible without the support of our retailer partner and their willingness to test new concepts to further drive conversion and penetration of the wine category,” said Herb Smith, National Director of Sales for E. & J. Gallo Winery. “It is a real pleasure to be listed amongst the past recipient companies like Hershey, Clorox, Unilever, Time, and Campbell’s.”

PepsiCo received the coveted honor in Division B for its most ambitious sustainability project to date – transforming a 25-year-old Frito-Lay facility in the middle of an Arizona desert into a near-net zero manufacturing plant.

The Casa Grande project created a unique learning lab that proved it is possible for a food plant to demonstrate the company’s “near-net zero” concept. As a “near-net zero” plant, only slightly less electricity is generated on-site than is consumed and other sustainable manufacturing practices are employed, such as on-site process water recycling. The retrofit was so successful that PepsiCo is now taking learning’s from the site to its entire manufacturing plant system worldwide. Now that the project is complete, the Casa Grande plant generates 75 percent of its energy from renewable sources, cutting grid-supplied electricity by half, plus, remarkably, natural gas usage dropped by 80 percent. The plant also recycles 75 percent of its water on-site.

In retrofitting the Casa Grande plant, PepsiCo brought cutting edge technologies and innovative solutions to a project that is a major milestone for environmentally sustainable plants – not only in the CPG industry but for overall U.S. manufacturing as well.

“PepsiCo seeks to maximize efficiencies across every aspect of our business. Our business relies on key natural resources like water and fuel, and we’re pursuing innovative solutions that allow us to operate more efficiently today while also ensuring that we have a path towards sustainable long-term growth well into the future,” said Tom Greco, President, Frito-Lay North America.


GMA Presents Wakefern President with Industry Collaboration Leadership Award

During the President’s Dinner at the GMA Executive Conference, Joe Sheridan, President and COO of Wakefern Food Corporation was presented with the 2012 Industry Collaboration Leadership Award, recognizing industry leaders who have 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.