Welcome to the Food Industry Hall of Fame

The Food Industry Hall of Fame was established to recognize those select individuals who have provided leadership, fostered innovation, and dedicated themselves to excellence in the food industry. The Hall of Fame honors contributions to the entire food industry across all segments and selects individuals who clearly have the recognition and respect of industry peers for their contributions and commitment.

Inductee affiliations and biographical data are chronicled along with achievements and contributions to the industry.


Recent Inductees

Schroeder, Roger

Roger Schroeder

Roger Schroeder began working as a box boy at Vons in 1960. Fifty-three years later, he’s still in the grocery business. Today, Schroeder is the VP of produce and floral at Stater Bros. Markets, the largest privately owned supermarket chain in Southern California with nearly 170 stores and more than 18,000 employees. Schroeder has been the San Bernardino-based company’s top produce executive for 15 years. Although he hails from Minnesota, Schroeder might just as well be considered a Golden State native. He moved with his family to California when he was 8 years old and has, as he reports, “been here ever since.” Schroeder, 67, began working at Vons while in high school. He liked the grocery business so much he eventually gave up his studies to be an engineer. At Vons, Schroeder worked as a produce clerk, produce manager and completed the company’s store management training class to become a store manager before going into the company’s labor scheduling department. He later managed the company’s produce warehouse, became a produce merchandiser and eventually a perishables supervisor. All told, Schroeder spent nearly 30 years at Vons before leaving in the late ’80s to work at Hughes Family Markets as its VP of produce. He came to Stater Bros. in 1998. Schroeder’s grocery career also has given him opportunities to give back to the community. He regularly offers his time and talents to numerous boards and committees and helps raise money for worthy causes. He has been a member of the board of directors for the Fresh Produce & Floral Council (FPFC) since 1990, serving as chairman three times and, since 1992, Schroeder has been on a committee for the City of Hope, serving for the past several years as committee chairman and EVP. Schroeder also served on the board of directors for the Produce Marketing Association (PMA) and was twice the chairman of the 5 A Day for Better Health Program when it went national. More about Roger Schroeder and his successful career can be found in the October print edition of The Shelby Report of the West.

Venturini, Dale

Dale Venturini

Dale Venturini has been the voice of hospitality in Rhode Island for almost 25 years. The Rhode Island Hospitality Assn. (RIHA) represents not only just restaurants and hotels and everything else in the food service trade in Rhode Island. She has been instrumental in improving the industry’s educational and training programs in the state, as well as enhancing the bottom line of the business she represents. At the helm of the largest hospitality trade organization, Ms. Venturini splits her time between the office and the State House, a constant presence for her membership. Currently, she is serving as a commissioner of the Rhode Island Convention Center Authority, is on the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association Educational Foundation based in Chicago, Ill.; on the Board of the Providence/Warwick Convention and Visitors Bureau. She is a board member of the Council of State Restaurant Associations based in Baltimore, Md; and on the Board of Governors for Miriam Hospital. Ms. Venturini is also a commodore for the State of Rhode Island. A past president of the International Society of Restaurant Association Executives, Ms. Venturini has also served on the Board of Directors of the National Restaurant Association; the Rhode Island Community Food Bank; the Johnson & Wales University Feinstein Graduate School Advisory Board; the Wm. M. Davies Jr. Career and Technical High School; and a board member of the 100 Club of Rhode Island. In addition, she also served on Board of the Cranston Redevelopment Agency as well as the Dean’s Board of Distinguished Counselors to the Alan Shawn Feinstein Graduate School at Johnson & Wales University.

Grotton, Dick

Dick Grotton

Richard (Dick) Grotton, one of the best respected New England food service association executives, will be retiring by the end of 2013, He is president and chief executive officer of the Maine Restaurant Association a Maine non-profit business trade association dedicated to enhancing prosperity for Maine restaurants. Mr. Grotton has been a real estate developer and owner-operator of four successful Maine restaurants and an industry consultant for almost 40 years. His past restaurant creations included Pizza Plus in Scarborough in 1974, Gorham Station Restaurant in Gorham in 1980, Jameson Tavern Restaurant in Freeport in 198, 2 and Channel Crossing Restaurant in South Portland in 1984. He holds a bachelor of science degree in business administration from the University of Maine and has been at the helm of this important statewide business trade group since 1994. He is a member of the (National) Council of State Restaurant Associations, Restaurant Association Executives of New England, The Maine Society of Association Executives, the Advisory Council to the Southern Maine Community College Culinary Arts Department, Advisory Council to the Eastern Maine Community College Culinary Arts Department, a member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Tourism Association, a past member of the Board of Directors of the International Society of Restaurant Association Executives, a past member of the Board of Directors of the Maine Lobster Promotion Council and a past member of the former Maine Tourism Commission. Mr. Grotton has been a Maine licensed emergency medical technician for 33 years and member and former captain of the Cape Elizabeth Rescue Unit in his home community of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.

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