Media Contacts: Lori Willis
Schnuck Markets, Inc.
Food Marketing Institute
Jan. 29, 2007
FMI Presents 2007 Sidney R. Rabb Award to Craig Schnuck of Schnuck Markets
FMI Board Chair Jeff Noddle
presented the award at the association's 2007 Midwinter Executive Conference in
Noddle said during a pivotal time for the UCC, "Craig helped set the council on a new course to support a vastly changed industry and make the transition to e-commerce in a global marketplace. He was a strong advocate for global scanning, technology and synchronizing data - helping lead the industry "toward levels of efficiency that were unthinkable a decade ago."
Noddle gave the audience of industry
leaders an outline of some of Schnuck's contributions to his community, "He has
championed diversity at the national and local levels -promoting minority
business development in
"As chair of the United Way of Greater St. Louis in September 2001, Craig and his company jump-started the charity's September 11th Fund campaign with a $100,000 contribution and a customer Scan-and-Give program that raised the total to more than $320,000. This figure is in addition to the $2 million that Schnucks associates donated," said Noddle. "When Hurricane Katrina struck, Schnucks was among the first companies to donate $1 million in cash, goods and services to aid evacuees and rescue efforts."
The evening brought back fond memories for Schnuck who later said, "Receiving the Sydney R. Rabb award from FMI was an honor for me and for my family." He explained, "I was in attendance when the award was presented to my uncle and to my dad. I know how much the award meant to each of them. I have tried to follow in their footsteps in contributing to the communities we serve and to the industry."
He added, "I know each of the past award recipients, and I feel honored to be counted among this elite group of industry leaders. It's especially gratifying to me that this award represents a career effort and a series of contributions other leaders have found note worthy."
Schnuck shared the event with
members of his family. Joining him at
the ceremony were his wife, Tracy, his three children, his mother,
Program officials say Craig Schnuck is the 35th person to receive the Sydney R. Rabb award, and as the third member of the same family to be honored, he has helped to make industry history. His father, the late Donald Schnuck, was recognized in 1983, and his uncle, the late Edward Schnuck, was among the first recipients of the award in 1977.
FMI established the Sidney R. Rabb award in 1977 to honor supermarket industry leaders for outstanding service to the community, consumers and the industry. Its namesake, a visionary industry leader in the 20th century, pioneered the consumer- and community-driven role of the supermarket as chief executive of The Stop & Shop Supermarket Company.
Food Marketing Institute (FMI)
conducts programs in research, education, industry relations and public affairs
on behalf of its 1,500 member companies -- food retailers and wholesalers -- in
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