The American Frozen Food Institute (AFFI) and the
National Frozen & Refrigerated Foods Association
(NFRA) have inducted three recipients into the Frozen
Food Hall of Fame during an induction ceremony held at
the AFFI Frozen Food Convention (AFFI-CON) in March
in San Diego.
The 2017 inductees were the late E. Glen Grader,
founder of Albany Frozen Foods; William S. Smittcamp,
president and CEO of Wawona Frozen Foods; and Ron
Suchecki, retired vice president of sales for Ateeco, Inc./
Mrs. T’s Pierogies.
“The frozen food industry is one built on innovation,”
says Alison Bodor, president and CEO of AFFI, based
in Harrisburg, Pa. “We are proud to honor and celebrate
these three gentlemen whose achievements have made the
growth and continued success of the industry possible.”
E. Glen Grader founded Albany Frozen foods in 1961,
growing the business until its sale in 1975 to Seabrook
Foods. Following the sale, Grader held executive
positions with Seabrook, Oxnard Frozen Foods Corp.
and Continental Companies. He served as chairman of
AFFI in 1986 and retired in 1987. He passed away on
August 27, 2014.
William S. Smittcamp is president and CEO of Clovis,
Calif.-based Wawona Frozen Foods, a family-owned
grower and processor of frozen fruit. Smittcamp joined
the AFFI board of directors in 1988, and was appointed
as AFFI Western Frozen Food Convention chair in 1995.
In 1997, he served as AFFI chairman and currently
serves on the Frozen Food Foundation and AFFI board
Ron Suchecki served as vice president of sales for
Ateeco/Mrs. T’s Pierogies for nearly 27 years, retiring in
2015. He remains active with the Frozen and Refrigerated
Association of the Northeast (FRANE), receiving
FRANE’s Person of the Year award in 2015. Suchecki
served as NFRA’s convention chairman from 2005-2009
and continues to serve on its board of directors.