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Kraft Foods Join the National Grocers Association and Food Institute to Launch Student Learning Service

The Food Institute (FI) and The National Grocers Association (N.G.A.), in cooperation with Kraft Foods, are pleased to announce the launch of the Student Learning Service, a program designed to assist students pursuing a food industry career. The Student Learning Service (SLS) will make important industry information from the Food Institute accessible to the students -- and faculty -- of the member schools of the N.G.A. Food Industry University Coalition (FIUC).

Posted: Mar 27, 2008

Upper Saddle River, NJ (May 27, 2008) - The Food Institute (FI) and The National Grocers Association (N.G.A.), in cooperation with Kraft Foods, are pleased to announce the launch of the Student Learning Service, a program designed to assist students pursuing a food industry career. The Student Learning Service (SLS) will make important industry information from the Food Institute accessible to the students -- and faculty -- of the member schools of the N.G.A. Food Industry University Coalition (FIUC).

“This is a fantastic program that taps into the Food Institutes vast knowledge and tools to benefit both students and faculty members,” says Richard George, Professor of Food Marketing, St. Joseph’s University, an FIUC member school. Here are some of the benefits the SLS -- executed in alliance with FIUC -- will provide:

Access to food industry data to support student efforts, particularly reports and presentations;
Details on job opportunities;
“Real time” information on developments within the food industry;
and Faculty assistance to develop course work

“Kraft understands the strategic imperative represented by this initiative,” says Denny Belcastro, VP, Customer Development and Industry Relations, Kraft Foods. “In supporting this program, we’re helping to ensure students will acquire the skills and talent essential to be the effective future leaders the food industry needs,“ The Student Learning Service will have several components and – by making the most of web technology – will be designed for ease-of-use. These components include easy access to FI databases/information resources through the FI website (www.foodinstitute.com) and N.G.A. website www.nationalgrocers.org; a career center; a subscription to FI’s “Today in Food Daily Update” e-newsletter and the weekly “FI Report.” Each university’s website also will provide access. Just some of the resources available include: the market information centers, mergers & acquisitions database; archive of back articles, research resources and the food price outlook.

“We believe the Student Learning Service is one of our most important initiatives launched in the last several years,” says Brian Todd, President and CEO of the Food Institute. “The service directly engages the student body of each school with the food industry real-time, and will provide students with the information and background they need to have as future leaders.”

The Student Learning Service also will include a number of new products currently in development, such as: public reports from iLumen Benchmarking Service, Competitive Promotions Report promotional review, a Crisis Management Center and financial reports. In addition, the LearnSomething training programs currently being developed for the Food Institute site would be available for sign-up.

The Student Career Center, aimed directly at the students, will be a tremendous resource. The center will not only provide information about careers after graduation, but also will include details on part-time summer employment and internships. In close association with the N.G.A. Coalition, FI would actively seek participation among all companies in the food industry (major corporations, processors, wholesalers, retailers, etc.) to solicit graduates and students, and would also actively solicit students for posting. This could be an immensely important service, not only for the students, but also -- especially -- for the industry at large, which can certainly benefit from the skills being acquired by tomorrow’s generation at Coalition schools.

“N.G.A. is excited about this new initiative for a number of reasons. One of N.G.A.’s key working agenda items is to recruit the next generation of quality leaders and entrepreneurs, this new program aids us in reaching that goal.” said Frank DiPasquale, Senior Vice President of the National Grocers Association.

The program is expected to launch in August to coincide with the start of the 2008-09 academic year. For more information please contact Christine Cunnick at 703-516-0700.

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