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    FMI Midwinter: Morganthall, Kehe Receive Highest Awards

    Coke’s Douglas recognized for trading partner relations; Edeker feted for CPG collaboration

    By Jim Dudlicek, EnsembleIQ
    Fred Morganthall (c), The Kroger Co.'s EVP of retail operations, was presented with the Sidney R. Rabb Award at FMI's Midwinter Conference by Jerry Garland, FMI chairman and Leslie Sarasin, FMI president/CEO.

    The Food Marketing Institute presented its highest honors to three industry executives this weekend during its annual Midwinter Conference in Miami Beach.

    FMI presented its Sidney R. Rabb Award to Fred Morganthall, executive vice president for retail operations at The Kroger Co. and former FMI chairman. Jerry Kehe, chairman of the board of KeHE Distributors, received FMI’s Herbert Hoover Humanitarian Service Award. J. Alexander J. “Sandy” M. Douglas Jr., executive vice president of The Coca-Cola Co. and president of Coca-Cola North America, received FMI’s William H. Albers Award for Industry Relations.

    Also at Saturday night’s awards banquet, Randy Edeker – chairman, CEO and president of Hy-Vee Inc. – received the Grocery Manufacturers Association Industry Collaboration Leadership Award.

    Morganthall: Selfless Dedication

    A 37-year grocery industry veteran, Morganthall’s approach to business has been described by his peers as selfless, elevating the successes of the food retail industry beyond his own professional objectives.

    “Fred has proven to be one of my most trusted counselors and his altruistic style of leadership is well documented in his many accomplishments, which include helping chart FMI’s strategic path and focus our organizational framework,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, FMI president and CEO. “Fred embodies the spirit of collaboration and visionary inspiration needed in our industry, as we work to achieve a greater goal of feeding families and enriching lives.”

    FMI Chairman Jerry Garland, retired president and CEO of Associated Wholesale Grocers, recollected in a video testimonial, “By soliciting feedback from the entire organization and working through various committee assignments, Fred oversaw the translation of those ideas to paper in the form of a structured, strategic plan for FMI. Of course, the hardest part of initiating such a plan is getting buy-in from his peer group – about 100 CEOs serving on the FMI Board. Fred was able to complete that project, and today that plan continues to serve as a roadmap for FMI.”

    Morganthall began his career with Proctor & Gamble in 1973 and took leadership roles at Spartan Stores, Viking Foods and Harris Teeter, where he invested nearly three decades.

    Garland noted, “Fred is an exceptional leader who’s well respected throughout the food industry. Fred continues to work tirelessly for the industry: Setting agendas, chairing committees, and providing feedback to ensure that FMI stays focused.”

    Morganthall served as FMI’s chairman from 2011 to 2014 and was a member of the Spartan Stores Board of Directors from 2007 to 2012.

    By Jim Dudlicek, EnsembleIQ
    • About Jim Dudlicek As editor-in-chief of Progressive Grocer, Jim Dudlicek oversees daily operations of the magazine, spearheads its signature features, produces PG’s monthly Trend Alert newsletter on center store issues, moderates its regular webcast series, and writes and comments about a wide range of grocery issues. A food industry journalist since 2002, Jim came to PG in June 2010 after covering the dairy industry for 7½ years, during which time he served as chief editor of Dairy Field and Dairy Foods magazines. A graduate of Marquette University, Jim is fascinated by how truly progressive grocers inspire consumers to enjoy food, transforming the industry from mere merchants into educators that can take the most basic of all necessities and turn it into something profound and life-enhancing.

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