Food Marketing Program Receives $1 Million Donation
Friday, April 26, 2013
PHILADELPHIA (April 26, 2013) – Saint Joseph's University's Academy of Food Marketing received its largest donation to date on Tuesday, April 23, from Wakefern Food Corp., headquartered in Keasbey, N.J. The $1 million donation will fund scholarships at the University and support programming for the 540 students enrolled in the University's food marketing program.
“This donation will go a long way in helping us bring great candidates into our program and into the industry,” says Robert Higgins, executive director of the Academy of Food Marketing. “More young people are seeing the benefits of working in retail, where the breadth of careers and experiences is growing, and which is changing rapidly."
Established in 1962, the Academy of Food Marketing supports one of just four such undergraduate programs nationwide. Today, food marketing is the largest undergraduate major in the University's Haub School of Business — the only internationally accredited program offering food marketing at the undergraduate, graduate and executive continuing education levels.
Food marketing graduates pursue careers as buyers, analysts and in-market research, food service, wholesale and retail. In 2012, the Academy of Food Marketing helped to secure employment for 94 percent of food marketing graduates within six months of graduation.
“There are many great careers in the supermarket business, and those jobs are not just in the retail stores. There are opportunities in sales, law, marketing, purchasing and more,” says Wakefern Chairman and CEO Joseph Colalillo. “We need leaders in the industry and we think an important way to grow the industry and develop future leaders is through programs like Saint Joseph's food marketing.”
Wakefern, in partnership with its ShopRite stores and partner vendors, raised $1 million for the Academy of Food Marketing this year after raising $850,000 in 2008 and $750,000 in 2003. The organization's longtime support of Saint Joseph's food marketing speaks to Wakefern's priorities and the high value the company and its vendors place on education and leadership in the food industry.