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WASHINGTON -- Lakeland, Fla.-based Publix Super Markets, Inc., Davisco Foods International, Inc., and Kemps, LLC were named the 2007 recipients of the International Dairy Foods Association (IDFA) GRAND Pioneer Awards at the association's board of directors' meeting yesterday in Dana Point, Calif.
The GRAND recognition program honors three member companies -- one each from the Milk Industry Foundation (MIF), National Cheese Institute (NCI), and the International Ice Cream Association (IICA) -- for their political involvement activities on priority dairy issues.
Publix received the MIF GRAND Pioneer Award for proactively reaching out to members of its congressional delegations, according to IDFA.
"IDFA staff reports that you can't go into a congressional office in Washington for a member of the Florida or Georgia delegations and not hear a recount of their love for Publix and the positive interaction they have had with the company," said MIF Chairman Brian Haugh at the awards presentation.
Publix reached its goal of building solid relationships on Capitol Hill by writing letters and contacting congressional leaders on important industry issues and by hosting facility tours.
The NCI GRAND Pioneer Award was presented to Davisco Foods International, Inc. for its effective communications with legislators during the recent review of make allowances under the Federal Milk Marketing Orders. As a major part of its grassroots strategy, Davisco created opportunities for employee to interact with local, state, and federal lawmakers through plant and facility tours.
The IICA GRAND Pioneer Award was presented to Kemps, LLC for making grassroots advocacy a core part of its company mission, according to IDFA. Kemps' president and c.e.o., Jim Green, who is also IICA chairman, traveled to Washington several times to testify before Congress and meet with U.S. Department of Agriculture and administration officials. He also often gave personal tours of Kemps' facilities to elected officials.