CGA Recognizes Leaders in Government Relations Advocacy


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SACRAMENTO, CA — (November 2, 2011) – The California Grocers Association presented its first Government Relations Advocacy Awards to five member companies in recognition of their significant support of the Association’s government relations efforts.

“Government relations advocacy is the foundation of our Association,” said CGA President/CEO Ronald Fong. “We wanted to recognize those companies and individuals that went the extra mile this past year in supporting the many CGA advocacy programs through their active participation.”

Those receiving the inaugural award during the Association’s annual Government Relations Committee meeting on November 2, 2011, included:

  • 2011 Advocate of the Year (Individual)
    Alicia Rockwell, Save Mart Supermarkets, Modesto, CA
  • 2011 Advocate of the Year (Independent Retailer)
    Super King Market, Anaheim, CA
  • 2011 Advocate of the Year
    Safeway Inc., Pleasanton, CA
    Raley’s, West Sacramento, CA
  • 2011 Supplier Advocate of the Year
    C&S Wholesale Grocers, Fresno, CA

Fong said CGA is fortunate to have strong membership advocacy support. For the Association to succeed with its government relations agenda both at the state and local level membership needs to engage in the issues, he added.

“We’re especially excited to award Alicia Rockwell with our first ever Advocate of the Year award,” Fong said. “She was our go-to person throughout the year. When we needed in-person industry participation, she was always there. She really personifies membership involvement.”

The California Grocers Association is a non-profit trade association representing the food industry since 1898 and represents approximately 500 retail members operating over 6,000 food stores in California and Nevada