The Food Industry Association of Canada has announced Burnbrae Farms president Margaret Hudson, and Farm Boy co-CEOs Jeff York and Jean Louis Bellemare as this year’s recipients of the Golden Pencil Award–the grocery industry’s highest honour for life achievement.
Hudson got her start in the family egg business at the age of 12, and has led the development and launch of several award-winning products including Naturegg Omega 3 eggs and Simply Egg Whites. She has been president of Burnbrae Farms for nearly 12 years. (Canadian Grocer recognized Hudson as a Star Women in Grocery in 2013.)
What started as a 300 sq.-ft produce market on Cumberland Street in Cornwall, Ont. nearly 40 years ago has grown into Ontario-based retailer Farm Boy, which today boasts more than 30 stores across the province. With Bellemare and York at the helm, Farm Boy has steadily gained in popularity over the years, in large part because of its private-label selection and prepared meals.
The Food Industry Association of Canada, a not-for-profit, first presented the Golden Pencil Award in 1957.
The award acknowledges the efforts of both buyer and seller to improve the Canadian food industry and is given to individuals who, through their career, have made a significant and worthwhile contribution to the industry.
Past recipients of the Golden Pencil Award include Michael McCain of Maple Leaf Foods, Vince Scorniaenchi of Fortino, Gus Longo of Longo Brothers and Eric La Flèche of Metro.