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Bill MacAloney, a longtime food industry executive as president and CEO of Jax Markets in California, as well as a constant and dedicated presence in a wide variety of industry roles for more than a half-century, has passed away after a long battle with cancer. He was 79.

MacAloney began his career in the food industry unloading boxcars in a Mayfair Markets warehouse, and founded Jax Markets in 1970. MacAloney served on the Food Marketing Institute (FMI) Board of Directors from 1984-2013, and at various times held the positions of Vice Chairman of the Board for Public Affairs and FoodPAC Committee Chairman.

In 1999, MacAloney was the recipient of the Glenn P. Woodard Public Service Award for his outstanding leadership in the area of public affairs, and in 2013, he was awarded the distinction of FMI Distinguished Industry Leader for his longtime leadership and commitment to FMI and the food industry.

MacAloney also served on the boards of Western Association of Food Chains, Unified Grocers, California Grocers Association and as President of the Food Industries Circle for the City of Hope. Active in politics and in his local community, he served as Mayor of Villa Park, California.

MacAloney is survived by his wife of 47 years, Gwen, as well as by numerous children and grandchildren.
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