Molpus receives Albers award for service to food industry

by Eric Schroeder
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ARLINGTON, VA. — C. Manly Molpus, longtime president and chief executive officer of the Grocery Manufacturers Association (G.M.A.), received the Food Marketing Institute (F.M.I.) 2007 William H. Albers Industry Relations Award.

The award, presented by Tim Hammonds, president and c.e.o. of the F.M.I., honored Mr. Molpus for "his statesmanship and commitment to forging alliances that benefit the entire food industry and consumers."

Mr. Hammonds called Mr. Molpus "an extraordinary leader" for the industry during a period of tremendous change. Mr. Molpus was c.e.o. of the G.M.A. from 1990 to 2006, a time marked by consolidation, increasingly diverse consumers and intense competition, particularly among retailers.

While these changes could have sharply divided the industry, Mr. Hammonds said Mr. Molpus helped unify suppliers, retailers and wholesalers through numerous initiatives.

During Mr. Molpus’s tenure at the G.M.A., the two associations led industry-wide efforts to cut costs, streamline operations and standardize technologies across the supply chain. In addition, he worked closely with members of Congress to develop the first national nutrition labeling law, garnering the support of industry and consumer organizations.

Mr. Molpus is the 63rd recipient of the Albers award, which was introduced in 1955. The award was named for William H. Albers, the first board chair of the Super Market Institute, one of the F.M.I.’s predecessor organizations.

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