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ELMWOOD PARK, N.J. -- The Food Institute (FI) said yesterday it has elected two new trustees to its board: Frank DiPasquale of the National Grocers Association in Arlington, Va., and Pat Mulhern of Monarch Foods in Rosemont, Ill., as part of a plan to strengthen the institutes resources and expertise.
"The two new trustees bring us a wealth of experience in supermarket retailing and foodservice distribution," said FI president/c.e.o. Brian Todd in a statement. "Their input will be vital as the Food Institute expands its services and communication vehicles into new areas. Their selection is part of a long-term plan to further strengthen an already strong board with even more expertise to develop and support new types of programming we are bringing on stream."
DiPasquale is the s.v.p. responsible for communications, meetings, membership development, industry relations, and research for the National Grocers Association as part of the organization's executive staff. He also serves as executive director of the Grocers Research and Education Foundation (GREF), in which role he oversees research and education initiatives.
Earlier in his career DiPasquale managed operations, human resources, and labor relations for Ahold USA, and then led human resources and operational services for Kmart's supercenters. In 1996 he joined the staff of NGA.
Mulhern is president of Monarch Foods, a division of U.S. Foodservice handling the procurement, development sourcing, and marketing of the company's exclusive brands. Before taking this position, he was president of U.S. Foodservice's North Star Foodservice.
Prior to joining U.S. Foodservice, Mulhern was e.v.p. for Vistar Corp. and worked at a broadline distributor, Alliant Foodservice. Early in his career he was on the operations side of the restaurant business, working at the Bill Knapp's chain in the Midwest among other companies.
FI's board of trustees has 14 members from all aspects of the food and foodservice industries. The board's goal is to develop FI's vision/strategy and provide oversight of operations.
A membership-based nonprofit organization, FI aims to be the best "single source" for current, timely, and relevant information about the food industry. Its services and products include a daily electronic update, a weekly report, Webinars/seminars, reference publications, and customized e-newsletters.