Academic scholarship established in the name of longtime Allegiance Retail Services veteran Robert Powell, supported in part by Allegiance Retail Services 10th Annual Member Golf Outing

Iselin, NJ – Allegiance Retail Services (ARS), a leading retailer-owned grocery cooperative, has established the Robert Powell Memorial Scholarship Program in memory of Robert Powell, an industry veteran who died in 2021. The scholarship helps fund students’ pursuit of a post-secondary education at a college or vocational school in the United States. The scholarship fund has benefited from donations received at ARS 10e Annual Members’ Golf Outing, held this year on September 26 at the Upper Montclair Country Club.

According to Samer Rahman, Vice President of Center Store, ARS, and event organizer, the 10th annual golf outing again attracted record attendance and reached full capacity with 140 attendees comprised of co-op members and suppliers representing 56 partners.

Robert (Bob) Powell worked for Allegiance Retail Services/Foodtown and its predecessors for nearly 40 years. An industry veteran, he has held many positions, most recently as Senior Category Manager, DSD. The scholarship is under the auspices of the New Jersey Food Council.

“Bob was a true gentleman, a professional who always had time for everyone and repeatedly flashed a broad smile before any conversation was over,” said John T. Derderian, president, COO, ARS. “The scholarship is a fitting tribute to Bob for his commitment to the industry and the Allegiance Cooperative.”

The scholarship will benefit children related to an employee of Allegiance Retail Services. For more information and eligibility for this scholarship and others overseen by the New Jersey Food Council, visit

About Allegiance Retail Services LLC

Allegiance Retail Services, LLC supports independent supermarkets (e.g., Foodtown, Freshtown, D’Agostino, Gristedes, Pathmark, LaBella Marketplace, Brooklyn Harvest, Market Fresh, Big Deal Food Market, Green Way Markets, and Shop n Bag) for success retail by providing marketing, advertising, technology and merchandising support, as well as a full line of private label products including Foodtown, Green Way and Rancher’s Legend. For more information, visit

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