Foodservice

Hartman Named Chairman of Pa. Food Merchants Association

Rutter's wins local best of survey

YORK, Pa. -- Scott Hartman, president of Rutter's Farm Stores, has assumed the chairmanship of the Pennsylvania Food Merchants Association.

Hartman will serve a two-year term with the organization, which works to improve the public image, effectiveness and profitability of more than 6,000 retail food stores, wholesale distributors and other associated business members throughout Pennsylvania.

Hartman's father, Stewart Hartman, also served as chairman (1995-97). They are the first father and son chairmen in the association's history.[image-nocss]

David McCorkle, the association's president and CEO, lauded the Hartmans' tradition of family leadership with the association. Stew and now Scott have successfully operated their businesses with a team of visionary professionals, while dedicating their time and resources to meaningful community and industry organizations, he said. We owe the entire Rutter's organization a heart-felt food industry thank you for their commitment to excellence.

Scott Hartman has been an association board member since 1999 and has served as treasurer (2003-06) and vice chairman (2006-07). He serves on the executive committee of the association's sister organization, the Pennsylvania Convenience Store Council, and on the legislative committee and board of trustees of FoodPAC, the association's political action committee. He was instrumental in forming the association's Responsible Tobacco Sales Certification Program, and currently is its chairman. He has served the convenience industry in a number of other ways, including as chairman of the National Association of Convenience Stores (NACS) and chairman of the Petroleum Convenience Alliance for Technology Standards (PCATS).

Hartman, part of a third-generation family management team, began working in Rutter's stores at age 12. A certified public accountant, he was a senior manager in Price Waterhouse's consulting practice before returning to Rutter's in 1990. He has been president since 1999.

Also, York, Pa.-based Rutter's finished first in four categories in the York Sunday News' 2007 best of reader survey, the company said.

Rutter's was No. 1 in milk and deli, sub or sandwichtwo categories it also won in 2006. In 2007, Rutter's also picked up first-place rankings in the breakfast and lunch categories. And in a race for the coffee category, Rutter's ranked second only to Starbucks.

This year's survey, published as a tabloid supplement to the newspaper's May 27 edition, comprised 87 categories.

Rutter's Dairy has served York County since 1921; Rutter's Farm Stores began in 1967 as an outlet for Rutter's Dairy products. Rutter's companies include Rutter's Farm Stores, which operates 50 convenience stores in York, Adams, Cumberland, Franklin and Lancaster counties; Rutter's Dairy, which serves Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and New Jersey; and M&G Realty, a real estate holding company.

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