By RDBA Executive Director Annette Maggi, MS, RDN, LD, FAND
The Retail Dietitians Business Alliance announces the establishment of the Jane Andrews Lifetime Achievement Award in Retail Dietetics, bestowing the first award on Jane at her retirement party of August 6th. As detailed in last week’s article, Jane has had incredible vision and made many significant contributions to the profession across her career. This award recognizes her many achievements in the retail dietetics industry.
Starting in 2019, this award will recognize other retail dietitians who have worked in the field for a minimum of 10 years and have made similar and significant contributions to the industry. Jane will be instrumental in selecting all future recipients of the award.
In recognition of her retirement and award, colleagues shared their thoughts about the impact Jane has had on the profession of retail dietetics:
Karen Buch, RDN, LDN: It's no secret that I think of Jane Andrews as a much more than a colleague. Although we worked for competing retailers in the Northeast, she has been both a mentor and a friend to me during the 12 years while I worked as a retail dietitian and beyond as I started my nutrition communications consulting business. Jane has made countless contributions and has had far-reaching impact on both the grocery industry and the dietetics profession. Count me among the many who were touched by Jane's positive influence--time and again--in immeasurable ways. We've had lengthy discussions about the 'big picture' of retail dietetics, consumer trends and overarching strategies that we believed could help move the profession forward. I think back on the memories of our business discussions and work travels with happy tears of joy!
Judy Dodd, MS RDN: Being a “pioneer” creates a potential image that doesn’t fit Jane Andrews. A leader, visionary, a trend initiator and trend setter are more fitting to describe what she has been a part of in community-based dietetics with a retail focus. Jane has helped make supermarket practice a goal for many and has done it with grace and a willingness to share!
Kim Kirchherr, MS, RDN, LDN, CDE, FAND: When you think of supermarket dietitians from the start, Jane Andrews is one of our colleagues who comes to mind first. Wegmans approach and Jane's presence offered a wonderful example for health and wellness from a grocery perspective. From volunteer work within the Food & Culinary Professionals Dietetic Practice Group to her job's interaction with pharmacy, internal employee programs, direct to shopper information in person, online, and in print, Jane's work will leave a lasting impression for years to come.
Sue Borra, RD, FMI Chief Health and Wellness Officer, Executive Director, FMI Foundation: Jane Andrews has been an incredible trailblazer for nutrition professionals in the retail food industry. Her command of the science and flare for innovation combined with her passion to serve customers makes her career a role model for food and nutrition leaders.
Ellie Wilson, MS RDN CDN, Senior Nutritionist, Price Chopper: I appreciate Jane’s leadership showing the value of nutrition in the food retail environment. The Wegmans RD team has grown into multiple channels in their business, including food labeling, food quality, prepared foods development, employee training and wellness, and consumer resources. Her willingness to share and support our professional retail RD community solidifies her reputation as a leader and colleague.