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• The Grocery Manufacturers Association (GMA) confirmed yesterday that, as expected, C. Manly Molpus will retire as president and chief executive officer at the end of the year. A search committee has been established, and a search firm hired to enlist his replacement.

Meanwhile, negotiations about a possible merger reportedly continue between GMA and the Food Products Association (FPA).

• The Food Marketing Institute (FMI) has named Jeff Rumachik to be executive director of FMI’s Wholesaler Division, succeeding Jack Block, who retired on December 31, 2005. Rumachik continues to serve as FMI’s group director of field services, which he has led since March 2000.
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