• The National Grocers Association (NGA) announced that Mike Stigers, president of Wakefern Food Corp., has been presented with NGA’s Thomas F. Wenning Pinnacle PAC Award, given to NGA members that help advance the role and presence of independent grocers and NGA in government and political affairs.
The award was presented during NGA’s Executive Conference and Public Policy Summit in Washington, D.C.
NGA also presented its Industry Service Award to Bob Richardson, director of trade and industry relations for The Clorox Co. This award is presented to an individual or company whose years of service in the food industry have contributed to better working relations and understanding between retailers, wholesalers and manufacturers.
And, NGA honored David Smith, who is retiring at the end of 2023 as the president and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers. During the Board of Directors dinner, David was presented with an American flag that flew over the U.S. Capitol in his honor. In addition, U.S. Sen. Roger Marshall (R-KS) recorded a tribute to Smith into the permanent record of the Senate honoring David’s legacy at AWG and his substantial contributions to the food industry.
• From the Boston Globe:
"Procter & Gamble will move its Gillette manufacturing operations out of South Boston, ending more than a century of blade-making along Fort Point Channel in the neighborhood, as the company opens up more of its 31-acre campus overlooking the Fort Point Channel for redevelopment.
"Much of that manufacturing work will move to an underused, 150-acre P&G campus in Andover, as part of a $1 billion plan to modernize the company’s facilities in both locations over the coming decade. All of the manufacturing workers in South Boston, roughly 450 today, will be offered jobs in Andover. About 750 corporate, engineering, and research and development employees will remain in South Boston. The company has not yet decided whether it will keep its South Boston operations on part of the current campus, or if it will sell the entire site and move into leased office space nearby."