Arizona Food Marketing Alliance Hosts Annual Golf Classic At We-Ko-Pa

Nick Rodriguez, Breakthru Beverage Arizona; Lori Raya, Albertsons Cos.; Steve Zawisa, Breakthru Beverage Arizona; and Frank Cannistra, Albertsons Cos.

Nick Rodriguez, Breakthru Beverage Arizona; Lori Raya, Albertsons Cos.; Steve Zawisa, Breakthru Beverage Arizona; and Frank Cannistra, Albertsons Cos.

Taylor Avery, Blue Bell Ice Cream; Mike Spiller, Albertsons; Larry Gibbs and Alan Payne, Blue Bell.
Taylor Avery, Blue Bell Ice Cream; Mike Spiller, Albertsons; Larry Gibbs and Alan Payne, Blue Bell.

The Arizona Food Marketing Alliance (AFMA) hosted its annual AFMA Golf Classic at the We-Ko-Pa Golf Club in the East Valley on March 22.

The popular event continues to attract golfers, who include AFMA’s retail partners and their premier vendors, says AFMA. With 8 sampling holes on the courses, vendors were able to connect with their grocery customers allowing them to see, touch and taste their newest offerings.

“Many thanks to our retail and vendor partners who provided product and beverages for the goodie bags prepared for the enjoyment of each golfer,” the organization said in a statement.

Bob Hixson, Crescent Crown Distributing; Todd Kammeyer, Fry’s Food Stores; Terry Morrison and Eric Riggs, Crescent Crown.
Bob Hixson, Crescent Crown Distributing; Todd Kammeyer, Fry’s Food Stores; Terry Morrison and Eric Riggs, Crescent Crown.

“This golf tournament is supported by our retail food partners and their suppliers,” said AFMA president Tim McCabe. “This annual event is one of the highlights of the year where there is a lot of networking and camaraderie on two of Arizona’s most spectacular golf courses.”

Mike Polini, AFB; Mark Miali, Sprouts; Mike Morello and John Pashea.
Mike Polini, AFB; Mark Miali, Sprouts; Mike Morello and John Pashea.

The mission of the Alliance is to represent and advocate the interests of the Arizona retail food industry and supplier partners in legislation, regulation, education and other appropriate services.

Established in 1943, AFMA is a state trade association representing major supermarket chains as well as convenience and independent store owners, food manufacturers and brokers. The Arizona retail food industry and its suppliers represent $16 billion in sales revenue, 5,600 outlets and more than 100,000 employees in the state of Arizona.


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