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Bi-Lo’s David Welch Becomes NFRA Board Chair, Other Officers Elected

David Welch

The National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association (NFRA), headquartered in Pennsylvania, earlier this month elected its association officers and board members for the 2014-15 year at its annual membership meeting and luncheon in Orlando, Florida. The membership meeting was held during the NFRA Convention at the Orlando World Center Marriott.

David Welch, director of business support at Bi-Lo Holdings, was elected chairman of the board. Welch has served on the board of directors since 2008. He served as vice chairman-refrigerated from 2011-12, secretary from 2012-13 and chairman-elect from 2013-14. He also is a member of the Honorable Order of Golden Penguins. Prior to his current role with Bi-Lo Holdings, Welch was director of dairy and frozen foods for five years. He has held other various positions over his 47 years with Winn-Dixie and Bi-Lo Holdings, starting his career with Winn-Dixie working in its retail stores.

Other officers sworn in at the association’s 70th annual meeting were: Scott Rouse, Tyson Foods Inc., chairman-elect; Joy Sgro, Bozzuto’s Inc., secretary; Ray Tarnowski, Philadelphia Warehouse & Cold Storage, treasurer; Dave Jones, Kellogg Co., vice chairman-frozen; and John Farmer, Global Dairy Products Group, vice chairman-refrigerated.

Newly-elected to the board of directors were: Scott Anderson, Alliance Sales & Marketing; Tony Hatok, Giant Eagle; Ari Labell, Unilever; Joe McQuesten, SpartanNash; Mark Meyer, Wells’ Enterprises Inc.; Neil Ritchey, Windsor Foods; Chris Scheid, Land O’Lakes Foods Inc.; Ken Stubbs, Florida’s Natural Growers; Dave Susla, Schwans Consumer Brands Inc.; and Jimmy Taylor, ConAgra Foods.

Elected for a second term on the board of directors were: Dave Cichocki, Kraft’s cheese and dairy division; Brigid Gilmore, Nestlé USA; William Mayo, Wakefern Food Corp.; Kevin Schwab, Pictsweet Co.; and Ron Schwenn, Roundy’s Inc.

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Kristen Cloud

A former newspaper editor and publisher, she once enjoyed leisurely perusing the grocery store aisles but, since having a baby in 2016, she is now an enthusiastic click-and-collect shopper.

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