The New Jersey Food Council on Thursday presented Industry Achievement Awards to three local executives from Wakefern Food Corp., Ahold USA and Wegmans Food Markets.


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Joe Sheridan, president and COO, Wakefern; Joe Sofia, VP, Wegmans; and John Ruane, SVP of fresh merchandising, Ahold USA, were honored with Industry Achievement Awards at the association’s “Night of Distinction” in Somerset, N.J. The event drew nearly 600 guests, including prominent food industry executives, and featured N.J. State Sen. Jennifer Beck giving a special presentation.

“This distinguished class of food industry leaders is being recognized for their continued achievements in the ultra-competitive N.J. marketplace,” said NJFC president Linda Doherty, in a statement.

Award presenters included Dave Delaus, CIO, Wegmans; James Keenoy, director of marketing and external communications, Stop & Shop; and Joe Colalillo, owner of ShopRite of Hunterdon County and chairman of Wakefern.

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