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The NJFPA Stradley Ronon Food Forum

This series will focus on stories about the people changing the face of the food processing in the Garden State through innovation, hard work and lending a caring hand. The NJFPA will endeavor to tell the stories that might now get attention in other mainstream channels.

If this series inspires and provides actionable ideas, it will achieve its aims.

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Jan 12, 2023

In this episode, Bill Cornelius, Senior Commercial Banker at M&T Bank speaks with Alex Baloga, President and CEO of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association. They talk about what food industry issues the PFMA is prioritizing this year and the cautious optimism of their fall legislative conference.

In this episode, you will hear about

  • PFMA's three pillars of advocacy, education, and communications.
  • How they connect members with PA laws and legislators, similar to NJFC in NJ.
  • How changes in consumer behavior have affected the food industry.

Speaker Bio

Alex Baloga became PFMA President and CEO on July 1, 2017. After joining PFMA in 2013 as director of government relations, he was promoted to director of government and public relations in 2014 and to vice president of external relations in 2015. Baloga leads PFMA's day-to-day operations and helps implement its strategic vision, working with the board of directors, of which he is a member. He leads PFMA’s government relations efforts at the local, state and federal levels. He also manages PFMA’s federal, state and Philadelphia Food PACs along with PFMA’s Legislative, Pharmacy and WIC Stakeholder’s committees. Read Alex's full bio