Yearly Archives: 2017

Seeking 2017 Award Nominees!

Do you know a Maine Food business that deserves to be recognized for their hard-work, dedication to our state and their standout service?

Awarded annually these prestigious honors are given to members who meet the highest standards of excellence. These include contributions to the Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association, community service, business excellence in providing a positive workplace, increased sales, contributions to the food industry through legislative or educational activities, and a commitment to furthering opportunities for other Maine businesses.


2017 Grocer of the Year
2017 Associate Vendor of the Year
2017 Producer of the Year 

Nomination Deadline is August 31st, 2017

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Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association Hires New Executive Director

The Maine Grocers & Food Producers Association (MGFPA) has named Christine Cummings its new executive director. Cummings will work closely with outgoing Executive Director Shelley Doak during a transition period. Doak is leaving Maine—moving to Denver, Colorado, to be near her family.

Cummings will transition from the Retail Association of Maine, where she began in 2015. She has served as membership and program manager for the last 18 months, working closely with the MGFPA team. She has assisted in managing events and membership customer service as well as crafting marketing materials. Her work experience ranges from public relations, media buys, print and social media management to graphic design and sales assistance.

“We’re excited to welcome Christine into her new leadership role with MGFPA,” the group says in a statement.“Her familiarity with the association and members will prove valuable. The board looks forward to the opportunities that lie ahead for our association with a fresh perspective. We’re also very pleased to have an association management arrangement with the Retail Association of Maine to provide enhanced administrative services so vital to our organization.”

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Keep Maine Competitive Coalition

As you know, we have been working with the Keep Maine Competitive Coalition to help pursue a legislative solution to the impacts Maine is set to face with the newly approved 3% surtax on incomes greater than $200,000.   Under the current law, Maine now has the 2nd highest income tax rate in the country at 10.15%.  As a result, we have heard from numerous business owners who are moving their operations elsewhere to escape the unreasonable tax, and we have joined the coalition to help remove the 3% tax and ensure Maine businesses stay here and continue to produce Maine jobs.

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MGFPA Seeks Executive Director

Shelley Doak is stepping down as the Executive Director of the Maine Grocers and Food Producers Association on June 30, 2017. Shelley is moving to Colorado to live near her family and we wish her the very best. The Board Search Committee is soliciting for a new Executive Director. View the Job Posting. Interested candidates should submit their application to by March 24th. All inquiries should be made to

Best Regards,
Jim Lesser, Board President

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