INDUSTRY LEADERS POINT TO ADVANTAGES OF ADVANCING WOMEN

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The food industry needs to improve its record of advancing women in the workplace, a move that should be driven not by fear of lawsuits, but by promise of better return on investment, according to a retailer/supplier panel here.The panel, which included executives from Ahold and PepsiCo, said companies that promote women aren't just doing the right thing; they will also likely

BOCA RATON, Fla. -- The food industry needs to improve its record of advancing women in the workplace, a move that should be driven not by fear of lawsuits, but by promise of better return on investment, according to a retailer/supplier panel here.

The panel, which included executives from Ahold and PepsiCo, said companies that promote women aren't just doing the right thing; they will also likely become victors in the battle to retain talent and fully understand shoppers.

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