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SHFM launches diversity program for associate members

LOUISVILLE, KY – The Society for Hospitality and Foodservice Management (SHFM) is launching a Diversity Business Enterprises Program for Associate Members.

Certified Women Business Enterprises, Minority Business Enterprises and Disabled Business Enterprises will be eligible for a 35 percent discount on annual SHFM Associate membership fees.

The group launched a Diversity Council last year to cultivate an environment embracing diversity and inclusion at all levels within the market the Society members serve. The goal is to increase membership diversification, champion employment opportunities and highlight and encourage procurement opportunities for minority business in the foodservice industry.

SHFM President Victoria Vega of Unidine Corp. notes that the group is “committed to workplace diversity partnerships and is believed to be the first industry association to announce such a program to certified suppliers.”

The Diversity Council notes that, “fostered by a need for unity and connectedness,” it will be committed to breaking down barriers. “Our goal is to provide non-discriminatory access and inclusion that are vital to the enhancement and longevity of SHFM.”

From workforce diversity to vendor partnerships, the group will “align itself with pride to promote equal access and socially support the changing composition of our more diverse membership.” The program is available by calling SHFM headquarters at 502-574-9931. Those applying need to submit documentation of their company’s enterprise status.


Nibbles – a reminder

What’s new in retail leasing & lending in NYC

NEW YORK – Faith Hope Consolo, chairman of Douglas Elliman Retail Leasing Marketing and Sales Division, will be the keynote speaker on May 17th from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. at a panel discussion of What’s Happening in the Retail Leasing and Lending Market at 4 Times Square. Panelists include Leland Bunch, head of Securization/Capital Markets, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Darren Gluck, head of B-Piece Acquisitions, Silverpeak Argentic, Jonathan Schultz, founder and managing principal, Onyx Equities, LLC and Frances Zujkowski, counsel, White and Williams LLP. Moderator will be Steven Coury, partner, White and Williams LLP. The panel discussion begins at 6 p.m. with the keynote and runs through 7:30 when there will be a networking reception. Price is $85 for members/$170 for non-members.


Seafood exec indicted on price-fixing charges

SAN DIEGO – The CEO of Bumblebee Foods here, Christopher Li, reportedly faces indictment on charges of conspiring to illegal price fixing to end competition in the packaged seafoods market. He is reportedly the third corporate executive facing such charges, according to a published report.


Two women vice presidents named at Dunkin’ Donuts

CANTON, MA – Dunkin’ Donuts recently appointed two female vice presidents, Stephanie Meltzer-Paul,  new vice president of Digital and LoyaltyMarketing, who previously was vice president of member engagement and loyalty at BJ’s Wholesale Club and Drayton Martin, new vice president of Brand Stewardship from posts with MullerLowe.


Changes lie ahead for our industry publication

Foodservice East, the 92-year-old industry publication for foodservice operators across the Northeast from Maine through eastern Pennsylvania, is about to embark on changes to become more interactive with readers and to offer stories, new product information, personnel changes within the industry, and more on an ongoing digital basis.

We urge our readers to interact with us and give us their thoughts, ideas, etc. for embarking on these changes, and to communicate their news on an ongoing basis. Please contact us at or email us at fsesusan!




Celebrate the Royal Wedding
BOSTON – Celebrate Britain’s Royal Wedding with these special Magnolia Bakery cupcakes and a limited edition cake designed to mimic Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s lemon elderflower wedding cake. The delicate elderflower cake with lemon curd is topped with a light elderflower meringue buttercream. Visit www.

Wine of the Week – Castello Del Poggio Moscato



Traditionally, we often think of white wines as crisp and dry. This lovely wine, Castello Del Poggio Moscato Veneto, does not fit that mold. A sweet white wine from Italy, its makers describe it as the product of what they call a “lighthearted way of life.” A delicate Moscato, it offers a “boquet” of musk, peach, honey and white flowers.

They suggest pairing it with barbecue or other spicy dishes, pastas, salads and “guilt-free desserts” along with, they add, “a candid smile” as you sip and declare: “Hello Sweet Life”!

We enjoyed it as an after dinner beverage in lieu, perhaps, of dessert, but look forward to exploring other pairings. It’s imported by Zonin USA Inc. in Charlottesville, VA.