The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) honored McCormick & Company and Pinnacle Foods with the 2016 Consumer Packaged Goods (CPG) Awards for innovation and creativity and presented its Hall of Achievement Award to Ed Crenshaw, who recently retired as CEO of Publix. The Hall of Achievement Award is GMA’s highest honor and recognizes the service and extraordinary contributions of distinguished food, beverage and consumer packaged goods industry leaders. 

The winners of the CPG Awards for Innovation and Creativity are selected each year by the GMA Advisory Council in recognition for their creativity and willingness to take risks, resulting in measurable results and significant impact on the industry.

Pinnacle Foods was recognized for its Duncan Hines Perfect Size platform. Launched in 2015, Perfect Size addresses the key market dynamic of smaller households and consumer desires to avoid leftovers by offering a complete solution with mix, cake pan and icing to make a perfectly sized cake to serve two to four people.

McCormick & Company was recognized with the award for its McCormick Herb Grinders, which delivers for consumers searching for the fresher flavor and aroma of fresh herbs, like basil or oregano, in a more convenient format. McCormick Herb Grinders were developed to unlock the fresher flavor and aroma of herbs right at the moment of use thanks to development of a mechanism not seen on the market today that consists of four interlocking components that transform larger pieces of herbs into smaller pieces. 

In addition, Raphael Nunez, a rising senior at Worchester State University, was presented with the 2016 ENACTUS Emerging Leader Award.