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Andy Drennan
Senior Vice President
For Immediate Release
June 10, 2021


McLean, VA June 10, 2021 – The Food Processing Suppliers Association, along with its Women’s Alliance Network (WAN), have announced the application period for the biennial Red Circle Awards is now open for submissions.

By way of the Red Circle Honors Program, the Women’s Alliance recognizes women from the food and beverage industry in a variety of categories for their achievements, in addition to one FPSA company for its efforts in promoting workplace gender balance.

These awards fall into the following categories:

Rising Star – Awarded to women with less than five years’ experience who has made a significant impact with their professional achievements and personal influence in the food and beverage industry.

Innovation and Inspiration – Recognizes women who have introduced game-changing innovations or inspiring ideas to company within the past 18 months including new products, technology, programs, systems, or processes.

Career Excellence – The Career Excellence Red Circle honor is presented to a woman who is dedicated to the food and beverage industry and has taken a proactive approach not only to her personal and professional development but also to the development of other women in the industry.

Achievement in Developing & Promoting Women – The Achievement in Developing and Promoting Women recognizes an FPSA member company that actively supports and develops the careers of women in their employ and works toward gender balance.

The deadline for Red Circle Honor submissions is July 30th and can be done on the FPSA website via the links above to each category of the program. Winners of the prestigious Red Circle Honors Program will be announced at the Women’s Alliance Breakfast on Thursday, November 4th

“The Women’s Alliance is proud to bring back the Red Circle Honors after a hugely successful inaugural round of awards in 2019,” said Kate Rome, Chair of FPSA’s Women’s Alliance Network and President of Rome Grinding Solutions. “This award was created to recognize the tremendous work that women are engaging in and highlight the strong impact they have in today’s food and beverage industry. With each year, we are witnessing the arrival of more women into this industry which serves to not just grow the workforce, but also transform it with added diversity, creativity, and resolve. We look forward to recognizing these star colleagues for many years to come.”

“The Women’s Alliance Network once again has set the bar for all other FPSA Networks to emulate,” said David Seckman, President & CEO of the Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA). “Whether it be the Red Circle Honors, the Mentor Circle Program or their networking meetups at industry events, the Women’s Alliance has done an excellent job to provide resources to support women so they can be even more successful in their careers. The Red Circle Honors is the perfect example of this. The concept for these awards was developed by and will be promoted and judged by WAN members. This type of recognition is critical to supporting the professional development efforts all of our members are engaged in.”

For more information on the Red Circle Honors, such as past winners and how to nominate a deserving colleague or company, visit the FPSA website. To attend the Women’s Alliance Breakfast and Red Circle Awards ceremony, please register online at  For more information regarding FPSA and its networks, please contact Elena Sierra at or (703) 663-1220.


The Food Processing Suppliers Association (FPSA) is a global trade association serving suppliers in the food and beverage industries. The Association's programs and services support member’s success by providing assistance in marketing their products and services, overall improvement in key business practices and many opportunities to network among industry colleagues.  Programs and services to achieve these objectives include PROCESS EXPO (industry leading trade show), electronic media marketing, education, market intelligence, research, and advocation of critical industry issues such as food safety, sanitary design of equipment, and global trade.

FPSA members are organized in vertical industry councils which focus on specific needs and concerns that are unique to each industry sector. FPSA councils currently represent the BakeryBeverageDairy, Pet FoodPrepared Foods and Meat sectors.