WASHINGTON — Food Marketing Institute on Wednesday said it has recognized Linda M. Gobler of the Michigan Grocers Association for her leadership in legislative affairs.
Gobler, a 28-year industry veteran, was given the Donald H. MacManus Association Executive Award at the industry’s annual Day in Washington, which involves members of FMI, the National Grocers Association and Food Industry Association Executives.
“Linda Gobler is a steadfast champion of the grocery industry and ambassador to her home state of Michigan,” said Leslie G. Sarasin, president and chief executive officer, FMI. “Linda has a remarkable reputation of protecting grocers from government over-reach and helping reduce the cost of doing business.”
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Gobler fought in 2011 to reform Michigan’s Item Pricing Law, working closely with the bill’s sponsor and the governor to enact the Shopping Reform and Modernization Act – which FMI said has saved the Michigan food industry, and the Michigan economy, in excess of $2.2 billion annually.
She also fought to repeal the Michigan Business Tax; prohibited state-specific ergonomics standards; and authorized in-store wine tastings and similar beverage sampling events to boost sales, among other accomplishments.
Gobler also is a founding board member of the Lansing (Michigan) Food Bank, and led Michigan Grocers Association's pioneering and award-winning “FoodAid for Michigan” program for 13 years.
Last year, she was drafted by Michigan’s governor to sponsor and promote Pure Michigan FIT, seeking to fight childhood obesity through in-store educational efforts. In 2013, she has broadened the food industry's role by having MGA partner with the Michigan Dept. of Community Health in launching the Michigan Healthier Tomorrow initiative to help reduce obesity in adults.
Gobler also served on the FMI government relations committee from 2005-2006.
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