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.

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Carolyn Steigleman, Director of Haub School of Business Communications, 610-660-1355,


Founded in 1851 in the Jesuit tradition of academic excellence, Saint Joseph’s University is a top-ranked Catholic University that provides a rigorous, student-centered education. With a total enrollment of 8,500 undergraduate and graduate students, SJU offers a wide-array of academic programs designed so that each graduate enters the world with a competitive resume and global perspective. This is achieved through intense academic study led by thought-leading faculty scholars, a comprehensive campus experience and robust study abroad, service-learning, internship and co-op programs. Upon graduation, nearly 100 percent of students are employed, pursuing advanced degrees or volunteering in prestigious service programs. A member of the Atlantic 10 Conference, SJU offers 20 Division I intercollegiate men’s and women’s sports. SJU alumni – over 60,000 strong - provide a powerful network that spans the globe.

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