Wegmans Food Markets CEO Danny Wegman and J. M. Smucker Co. Chairman Tim Smucker were honored during the Grocery Manufacturers Association‘s Chairman Lecture 2013 in Scottsdale, Arizona. They received the Hall of Achievement Award, the top honor awarded by the GMA.
Wegman and Smucker, who have worked together in the past, spoke of overcoming challenges and creating teamwork before about 400 industry players as they received their awards.
In his acceptance speech, Wegman urged the grocery industry to put more efforts in place to battle obesity, diabetes and other health concerns. He noted that Wegmans’ had success in its programs to improve its employees’ health through various company initiatives and urged other organizations to make similar efforts. He told the industry leaders that they could make progress and bring about change in the industry through health initiatives.
Smucker put emphasis on the advantages of teamwork, pointing out collaborations he made in both his personal and professional lives that had proved beneficial.
Pam Bailey, CEO and President of GMA, lauded the dynamic duo as family men who came from two respected family grocery companies and were well admired for their leadership and philanthropy.
The year 2013 marks 29 years of the Hall of Achievement Awards by the Grocery Manufacturer Association (GMA).
Founded in the year 1897, the J. M. Smucker Company manufactures and markets fruit spreads, beverages, ice cream toppings, natural peanut butter, and shortening, among other products. It is headquartered in Orroville, Ohio. Some of the brands include Jif, Crisco, Smucker’s, Hungry Jack, Five Roses, Martha White, Eagle Brand, Pillsbury, Laura Scudder’s, R.W.Knudsen Family, Santa Cruz Organic in the U.S and Robin Hood, Bick’s and Five Roses in Canada.