Ranging in services from advertising to convenience store solutions to confections and more, the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association welcomed nine associate members this spring.
Arcadia Publishing offers a selection of hyper local books specific to store zip codes. These books are sold in grocery stores in different states, highlighting local and regional history and culture from coast to coast.
Bradley Industries is a woman-owned business that manufactures supermarket and c-store fixtures as well as supplying foam products. All of their products are proudly manufactured in the USA. Bradley Industries is centrally located in the Midwest, which allows more competitive shipping and delivery options.
Healthy Brand Oil offers custom-tailored edible oil solutions that include Non-GMO Project Verified, expeller pressed, long fry solutions and blended oils that are always OU Kosher certified and zero grams trans fat per serving.
Pennsylvania Dairymen’s Association is a statewide organization with a focus on supporting Pennsylvania dairy farms. The association serves their now famous milkshakes each year to PA Farm Show visitors—the proceeds of which benefit agricultural scholarships, youth programs and educational programs across the state. The association recently was featured on PFMA’s Shelf Confidence podcast.
Perfetti Van Melle is one of the world’s largest manufacturers and distributors of confectionery and chewing gum. Its global brands are enjoyed in more than 150 countries worldwide, where their innovation creates unique tastes to match local preferences.
Portogallo Peppers LLC is a wholesaler of Spicy Giardiniera, Sweet and Spicy Peppers and Olive Muffuletta to retail stores and food service companies.
Stewart’s Enterprises Inc., started in 1924, is a supplier of hard seltzer and hard sodas for Iconic Stewart’s and Hard Rock Brands.
TRANSWORLD Business Advisors is the world leader in the marketing and sales of businesses, mergers and acquisitions and franchises. Whether you represent an acquisition-minded corporation or are personally interested in owning your own company or new franchise, TRANSWORLD offers the professional services that successfully bring buyers and sellers together.
Watchfire Signs designs, engineers and manufactures the best looking, most durable LED signs, gas price signs and digital billboards to help businesses and organizations increase visibility and drive growth. Headquartered in Danville, Ill., Watchfire has manufactured outdoor electric signs since 1932 and LED signs since 1996, using meticulously sourced components from a global market. The company has over 65,000 Watchfire signs in operation.
What are your top three legislative priorities in 2022? My top three legislative priorities include health equity and increasing access to care, including improving maternal health outcomes, education and workforce development and affordable housing.
What is your biggest motivator as a legislator? My constituents are my biggest motivator. Sitting on the opposite side of City Avenue from Lower Merion while serving a diverse district, where on one end of the district houses are selling for over $1million and on the other end of the district residents are losing their homes and facing extreme poverty, I am aware of the possibilities that could exist for the most underserved communities. And I am committed to using my seat at the table to make improvements for all Pennsylvanians, no matter their zip code.
Where do you shop locally for food? Unfortunately, I am forced to shop at grocery stores and farmers’ markets either outside of my district or on the border. While I try to keep business in my district and within the city limits, I often find myself in one of our neighboring counties because of the simple fact that communities in my district are real-life food deserts.
What is your favorite vacation destination? I like any place with a vibrant culture, warm weather and a slow-paced environment.
What are the biggest challenges for grocers in your district? I’d say the biggest challenges for grocers in my district are county competition and non-union operations. With residents being in such proximity to Delaware and Montgomery counties, they often wander to those areas to do their grocery shopping while running other errands and daily tasks. I must add that the Philadelphia Beverage Tax did not help. We often hear that Philadelphia residents cross county lines to purchase sugared beverage items in bulk.
What are your biggest challenges and successes as a legislator? The biggest challenge as a legislator is knowing the length of time it takes to get a good idea to the governor’s desk. You see issues in your community that need to be resolved, but you know that even if you can get a law passed that would help solve it, it can be months or years before that vision becomes a reality.
I’d say my biggest success as a legislator is building relationships with advocates for issues that need to be addressed. I’ve done well at being intentional about having people most impacted by issues at the table with me as I craft and advocate for laws in Pennsylvania.
What is your favorite food or meal to cook? I love to cook salmon. It’s so easy to flavor up in different ways and pop right in the oven with my busy schedule.
What do you like to do for fun? I’m chill. I like to hang out with my family. A day trip to visit my sisters or a night out on the patio make for a good time for me.
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