Wakefern & ShopRite Associates Receive 2022 YWCA TWIN Award

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Wakefern Food Corp., the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States, and the logistics, merchandising and distribution arm of ShopRite stores, recently announced that several associates from its corporate and retail organizations have been recognized as the winners of the 2022 YWCA’s Tribute to Women in Industry (TWIN) Awards.

This year’s recipients include Wakefern and ShopRite associates whose leadership and expertise have contributed to the success of the co-op and its stores.

Recipients include Wakefern’s Jami Espinosa, Category Manager, Produce; Maxine Nigro, Pharmacy and Support Systems Supervisor; ShopRite’s Jessica Valentino, Controller for the Ravitz family markets, and Amanda Fischer, Marketing, Business Development and Outreach Manager for Village Super Market.

The YWCA TWIN Award recognizes significant achievements and contributions made by women within their industries in leadership, management, supervisory and/or professional roles, and is hosted by YWCA Union County, a non-profit organization lucrative.

The YWCA TWIN Awards also recognize companies whose policies and practices encourage women’s success and promote equal opportunity for advancement for women from diverse backgrounds.

The virtual awards ceremony will be broadcast live on Friday, May 6.

About Wakefern Award Winners:

Jami Espinosa, Category Manager, Products, Wakefern Food Corp.

Jami is responsible for sourcing produce and other specialty plant products.

His main responsibility is to work regularly with producers, shippers and supplier partners with the aim of sourcing the best quality products at the best price.

She is continually on-site in packing plants and agricultural fields, even traveling along the East Coast, sourcing only the best on the market and buying the best crops for ShopRite stores and their customers. Jami resides in Cooper City, Florida.

Maxine Nigro, Pharmacy and Support Systems Supervisor, Wakefern Food Corp.

Maxine joined Wakefern in 2009 and has over 25 years of retail and corporate pharmacy experience. In her current role, Maxine manages business relationships with Wakefern’s pharmaceutical technology vendors, which includes software testing, implementation and support of new and existing pharmaceutical technologies.

Additionally, Maxine manages a team that supports the 147 pharmacies operating under the ShopRite banner by assisting with pricing and third-party claims handling.

The pandemic has brought unique challenges, virtually overnight, to retail pharmacy.

Maxine has implemented and supported technology that has helped ShopRite Pharmacy associates administer nearly half a million Covid vaccines to the communities they serve.

Maxine resides in Gillette, NJ.

About ShopRite Award Winners:

Jessica Valentino, Controller, Ravitz Family Markets

Jessica Valentino joined Ravitz Family Markets in 2007 as Assistant Controller and in 2017 took over the role of Controller for the six-store supermarket chain.

Jessica oversees accounting, finance, budgeting and cash management. Jessica has previous accounting experience as well as a bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University and a master’s degree from Strayer University in the same field.


During her tenure at Ravitz Family Markets, Jessica pioneered the current financial budgeting process, created audit processes for the inventory system, and changed the company’s financial reporting process.

Jessica resides in Franklinville, NJ.

Amanda Fischer, Marketing, Business Development and Outreach Manager, Village Super Market

After spending years studying food and human nutrition, Amanda’s first job was as a retail dietitian for ShopRite.

In the 11 years since joining the Village Super Market, she has held positions in community relations, business development, communications and marketing.

In her current role, she is responsible for leading marketing and outreach activities for Village Super Market, which operates 38 outlets including ShopRite stores, Fairway Markets and Gourmet Garage specialty stores in Manhattan.

She runs the Village Volunteer Corp, manages the company’s charitable activities, and sits on the board of the Sumas Family Foundation, which provides grants to local nonprofits.

Amanda resides in Eatontown, NJ.

About Wakefern Food Corp.

From a small local co-op that started with eight grocery store owners, Wakefern Food Corp. became the largest retailer-owned cooperative in the United States.

Founded in 1946, the cooperative includes nearly 50 member families who today independently own and operate 363 supermarkets under the ShopRite, Price Rite Marketplace, The Fresh Grocer, Dearborn Market, Gourmet Garage and Fairway Market banners in New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and Rhode Island.

For more information, please visit www.wakefern.com

About ShopRite

ShopRite is the registered trademark of Wakefern Food Corp., a retailer-owned cooperative based in Keasbey, NJ, and the largest supermarket cooperative in the United States.

With nearly 280 ShopRite supermarkets located in New Jersey, New York, Pennsylvania, Connecticut, Delaware and Maryland, ShopRite serves millions of customers every week.

Through its ShopRite Partners In Caring program, ShopRite is dedicated to ending hunger in the communities it serves.

Since the program began in 1999, ShopRite Partners In Caring has donated $62 million to food banks that support more than 2,200 worthwhile charities.

As title sponsor of the ShopRite LPGA Classic presented by Acer, ShopRite has donated $34 million to local organizations, hospitals and community groups. For more information, please visit www.shoprite.com.

Tribute to Women and Industry (TWIN)

The mission of the TWIN Award is to honor women who have excelled in their fields and made significant contributions to the industry in leadership, management and professional roles and to salute companies whose policies and practices encourage achievement of women and that promote equal opportunity for advancement for women from diverse backgrounds. backgrounds.

Through TWIN, the YWCA encourages women to consider and prepare for a wider range of career opportunities and to contribute meaningfully at work.

For more information on this year’s awards ceremony or the winners, visit: http://www.ywcatwinmidjersey.org/

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