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120 | Progressive Grocer | Ahead of What's Next | September 2016 lively discussion appropriate for the Washington, D.C., setting, with remarks from a "top political speaker" (to be announced), while the Tuesday breakfast session will feature remarks from media consultant and public affairs executive Alex Castellanos and Pulitzer Prize-winning journalist Eugene Robinson. If breakfast sessions are politically tinged food for thought, luncheons at the NFRA Convention get down to industry business. Monday's Membership Luncheon includes NFRA's annual busi- ness meeting, with an address by Chairman Scott Rouse, of Springdale, Ark.-based Tyson Foods, and the introduction of new officers and directors, followed by inductions into the 2016 Refrigerated Food Hall of Fame. "is year, we will honor the late Leonard Gentine, founder of Sargento Foods, as an inductee into the Refrigerated Food Hall of Fame," Rumachik says, noting some marketing and merchandising innovations established by Plymouth, Wis.-bsed Sargento under Gentine's leadership, including the peg-bar system that displays packaged cheese at eye level, and press-to-close resealable packaging. During Tuesday's luncheon, hosted by NFR A's incoming chairman, Joy Sgro, of Keene, N.H.-based C&S Wholesale Grocers, the annual Retail Patriot Awards will be presented. Frozen & Refrigerated Foods NFRA Convention Preview latest and GR eatest n ew products from across the refrigerated and frozen landscape will be available for sampling at the annual convention.

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