Schnuck Markets, Inc
Schnuck Markets Receives Prestigious Black Pearl Award for Food Safety
Grocer is recognized for corporate excellence in food safety
ST. LOUIS –Leaders of St. Louis-based Schnuck Markets, Inc. today announced that the International Association for Food Protection (IAFP) will honor Schnucks with the prestigious 2009 Black Pearl award for corporate excellence in food safety and quality during an annual conference in Dallas, Texas in July.
The IAFP is a non-profit organization comprised of more than 3,400 food safety officials from 50 nations. For the past 15 years, the IAFP has singled out one food organization to win its top honor – the Black Pearl. In addition to overall food safety, Schnucks was selected this year because of notable accomplishments in consumer and associate education and training, proactive approach to recalls, facilities audits, crisis procedures and adherence to standards and support of the goals and objectives of IAFP.
Schnucks Chairman and CEO Scott Schnuck said, “The Black Pearl award is a tremendous honor for our company and for our Food Safety team and one we are pleased to share with associates, suppliers, vendors and health department partners across seven states. Their combined talents and willingness to acquire and share knowledge has helped us grow tremendously in efforts to protect the health and welfare of our customers.”
Schnuck, a member of the Food Marketing Institute’s (FMI) Food Safety Task Force, explained that food safety is a part of the company culture. “Schnucks associates have always been trained to put food safety first, but for the past several years, we have been building a formal program to provide education, training and certification to associates across the company,” he added.
Schnucks Director of Food Safety Dianna Pasley agrees, “Many of our top company leaders and associates are now certified in food safety. Yet, we understand that food safety is an ongoing process that we must work hard to promote and protect each day. We are grateful to the IAFP, not only for this honor, but for the guidance and support we receive from the organization and its members. Their support is invaluable as we strive to be the best we can be for our customers.”
Wilbur S. Feagan, board chairman of the Springfield, Mo.-based F&H Food Equipment Company that sponsors the Black Pearl award, was among the first to offer his congratulations.
Feagan said, “Back in 1994, we thought there ought to be some kind of award for those who were outstanding in the area of food safety and who took seriously the need to provide quality consumer acceptable information. I insisted on judges who were well qualified and knowledgeable. In receiving the Black Pearl award, Schnucks can be proud of the fact that they stand above the crowd when it comes to food safety.”
Feagan said he hoped to present the award to the Schnucks team in person. “I grew up in Collinsville, Ill., and I remember taking my mother to the local store over the years. I would like to be there (Dallas) to offer my congratulations on 70 years in the business and for rising up to improve the quality of food,” he added.
The Black Pearl award has been given annually in recognition of corporate excellence in food safety since 1994. Previous winners include Wegman’s, HEB, Ecolab, Dupont, Kraft and Walt Disney World Company.
The International Association for Food Protection, founded in 1911, is a non-profit association of food safety professionals. Comprised of a diverse membership of over 3,400 members from 50 nations, the association is dedicated to the education and service of its members as well as industry personnel. Members work in all areas of food protection, industry, government and academia.
Founded in St. Louis in 1939, Schnuck Markets, Inc. operates 105 stores (including five Logli stores) and 101 pharmacies in Missouri, Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin, Iowa, Tennessee and Mississippi.
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