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Allegiance Retail Services Establishes Memorial Scholarship


Iselin, New Jersey-based Allegiance Retail Services has established a scholarship program in memory of Robert Powell, an industry veteran who passed away in 2021.

The scholarship helps fund students’ pursuit of a post-secondary education at a college or professional school in the U.S. The fund benefited from donations received at the ARS 10th Annual Member Golf Outing, held Sept. 26 at the Upper Montclair Country Club. 

According to Samer Rahman, VP of center store for Allegiance Retail Services and event organizer, the 10th Annual Golf Outing again drew a record attendance and reached full capacity with 140 attendees comprised of  co-op members and vendors representing 56 partners.  

Robert “Bob” Powell worked for Allegiance Retail Services/Foodtown and its predecessor companies for nearly 40 years. He held many positions, most recently as senior category manager, DSD. The scholarship is under the auspices of the New Jersey Food Council. 

“Bob was a true gentleman, a professional who always had time for anyone and displayed a broad smile many times before any conversation ended,” said John T. Derderian, president, COO, Allegiance Retail Services. “The scholarship is a fitting tribute to Bob for his commitment to the industry and the cooperative.” 

The scholarship will benefit children related to an Allegiance Retail Services employee. For information and eligibility on this scholarship and others overseen by the New Jersey Food Council, visit njfoodcouncil.com/2022-scholarships.

Allegiance Retail Services supports independent supermarkets such as Foodtown, Freshtown,  D’Agostino, Gristedes, Pathmark, LaBella Marketplace, Brooklyn Harvest, Market Fresh, Big Deal Food Market, Green Way Markets and Shop n’ Bag for retail success by providing them with marketing, advertising, technological and merchandising support, as well as a full line of private label products, including Foodtown, Green Way and Rancher’s Legend.

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