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COLTON, Calif. - Roger Schroeder, v.p. of produce for Stater Bros. Markets, has received the Spirit of Life Award from City of Hope. The award is presented annually by City of Hope to a community leader who has exhibited exceptional professional, humanitarian, and philanthropic achievements.
At Stater Bros. Schroeder oversees operations for the chain's produce and floral division, including the buying, merchandising, and marketing of produce and floral items for all 159 Stater Bros. Supermarkets.
With more than 44 years of experience in the industry, Schroeder also serves as chairman of the Fresh Produce and Floral Council, whose 600 members are involved in every aspect of produce and floral operations.
The Spirit of Life Award was presented to Schroeder at the annual Fresh Produce and Floral Council Luncheon, which raised much-needed funds for City of Hope.
"Roger is a well-respected member of [our] management family, and we are all very proud of his outstanding accomplishments at Stater Bros. as well as his industry commitments to help improve the quality of life in the communities we serve," says company chairman, president, and c.e.o. Jack H. Brown.
City of Hope was founded in 1913 and is one of the world's leading research and treatment centers for cancer, diabetes, HIV/AIDS, and other life-threatening diseases. Named by U.S. News & World Report as one of America's best medical centers for cancer treatment, City of Hope is a pioneer in the fields of bone marrow transplantation and genetics.
Stater Bros. currently operates 159 full-service supermarkets, with 47 in San Bernardino County, 43 in Riverside County, 30 in Orange County, 27 in Los Angeles County, 10 in Northern San Diego County, and two in Kern County.