Media Contacts: Lori Willis

Schnuck Markets, Inc.


Bill Greer

Food Marketing Institute


Jan. 29, 2007

FMI Presents 2007 Sidney R. Rabb Award to Craig Schnuck of Schnuck Markets

ARLINGTON, Va. - Craig Schnuck, chairman of the executive committee at Schnuck Markets, Inc., received the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Sidney R. Rabb Award, honoring his supermarket industry leadership in technology, industry relations, diversity and community service.

FMI Board Chair Jeff Noddle presented the award at the association's 2007 Midwinter Executive Conference in Grand Lakes, Fla. He retraced a long career in the industry, recounting Schnuck's nine years of service on the Board of Governors of the Uniform Code Council (UCC), the agency that oversees the industry's most fundamental technologies such as the Universal Product Code. He chaired the council for an unprecedented two terms (1995-1997 and 1999-2000).

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 St. Louis and co-chairing the Initiative for a Competitive Inner City to redevelop blighted areas of St. Louis."

"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, Doris, and two of his siblings, Scott and Todd.

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 the United States and around the world. FMI's U.S. members operate approximately 26,000 retail food stores with a combined annual sales volume of $340 billion -- three-quarters of all retail food store sales in the United States. FMI's retail membership is composed of large multi-store chains, regional firms and independent supermarkets. Its international membership includes 200 companies from 50 countries.

Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 101 stores (including five Logli stores) and 98 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.

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