FMI honors The Hershey Company veterans with FMI William H. Albers Award

FMI honors The Hershey Company veterans with FMI William H. Albers Award

J.P. Bilbrey and Tom Joyce Recognized for their Contributions to Trading Partner Relations 


Scottsdale, Ariz., 2017-Jan-30 — /EPR Retail News/ — Food Marketing Institute (FMI) tonight (January 28, 2017) honored The Hershey Company (NYSE: HSY)  by giving two of its industry veterans an award celebrating excellence in trading partner relations and consumer and community service, the FMI William H. Albers Award.

The Hershey Company executives, J.P. Bilbrey, president, CEO and chairman of the board, and Tom Joyce, retired vice president, global customer and industry affairs, received the Albers award at FMI’s Midwinter Executive Conference. Representing one of the company’s leading customers, Kroger Executive Vice President, Retail Operations, Fred Morganthall paid tribute to their collaboration approach to business, saying in a testimonial: “Gentlemen, as individuals you have each made significant contributions to our industry; but together, you formed a standard-setting team for retailer-supplier relations.”

The Hershey Company is a global confectionery leader. Based in Hershey, Pa., it has revenues of more than $7.1 billion. Hershey offers confectionery products under more than 80 brand names. The company and its executives are strategic advisors to the global food, beverage and retail trade associations.

FMI President and CEO Leslie G. Sarasin said, “In food retail circles, the name The Hershey Company has become synonymous with trusted partner; the dependable quality of its products being matched by the reliable caliber of its leadership and its steadfast nurture of the retailer relationship.” She continued, “Each in his own unique way and collectively, J.P. and Tom have made sure the Hershey commitment to community support and trading partner excellence isn’t something just described with words but instead is a tangible reality experienced each day.”

Bilbrey serves as Chairman of the Board of Directors of The Hershey Company (HSY) as well as a member of the Colgate-Palmolive Company (CL) Board of Directors and the Kansas State University Business School Advisory Council.  Bilbrey recently served his tenure as chairman of the Grocery Manufacturers Association Executive Board. Joyce, a 40-year veteran of the company, served as vice president of customer & industry affairs since October 2004. In addition to his tenure at The Hershey Company, Joyce played an integral role at FMI, offering his strategic insights on the FMI Industry Collaboration Council, FMI convention planning committees and the FMI Wholesaler Supplier Advisory Council.

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