The food industry has a $20 billion economic impact on the state, noted Assemblyman Ronald Dancer, R-12th District, as he received the Outstanding Legislator Award at the New Jersey Food Council‘s Food Council Committee for Good Government’s 46th Annual “Good Government” Breakfast for his accessibility and support of the state’s food industry.
More than $8 million in wages are paid to 200,000 full- and part-time food industry workers in New Jersey.
“You provide the jobs, you generate the taxes and you feed all the people,” Dancer told the attendees.
Nearly 200 state lawmakers and food industry leaders came together at the Oct. 7 event in Monroe Township to discuss key business issues and honor professionals and policy makers who help the industry and New Jersey’s consumers.
Sen. Vin Gopal, D-11th District, also received the Outstanding Legislator Award for his business advocacy and economic growth policies.
Division of Consumer Affairs Acting Director Paul Rodriguez received the Thomas W. Kelly Government Service Award for his ongoing efforts to bring updated and predictable practices to the state Office of Weights and Measures. Rodriguez has spent time touring supermarkets with NJFC President and CEO Linda Doherty to learn about the industry and build up a stronger relationship with food retailers affecting consumers around the state.
Wawa Sustainability & Government Relations Team Lead Jeanne Eichinger received the Good Government Award, the highest honor for food industry members engaging in advocacy efforts for pro-industry policies. Eichinger has been a business advocate for a decade, including her efforts lobbying for statewide single-use bag legislation, something important to Food Council members and their patrons overall.
Phil Scaduto, vice president of Foodtown/Food Circus and chairman of the Food Council Committee for Good Government, noted the deep relationship food retailers have with New Jerseyans overall.
“New Jersey residents depend on our members for health and wellness, their generous charitable giving and support of our foodbanks and civic groups, and our community assistance during emergencies,” Scaduto said. “That is why we possess a unique relationship with the public sector in order to promote business prosperity, support the health and wellness of New Jersey consumers, and advance a strong political agenda in New Jersey.”
Scaduto completed his term at the FCC. He will be replaced by Saker ShopRite’s head Richard Saker in 2020.