Upcoming Events

September 29, 2019
Illuminators CGA Golf Tournament 
Mission Hills Country Club
Rancho Mirage, CA 92270

October 15, 2019
IEF Torch Award Dinner
Honoring Greg McNiff
Anaheim Hilton

October 22, 2019
Illuminators Fall Diversity Event
Jack's Urban Meeting Place
1000 W Myrtle St
Boise, ID 83702

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USC Food Industry Management
Educational Foundation


The Illuminators Educational Foundation provides college scholarships
to further the education of members and their families of the Illuminators,
Western Association of Food Chains and the California Grocers Association.





About the Illuminators

Mission Statement . . .

The Illuminators is an organization of vendors and suppliers dedicated to developing and enhancing key relationships within the grocery industry, providing opportunities for education and leadership, and supporting the Illuminators Educational Foundation.

Vision Statement...

“The Illuminators will be the most admired grocery organization of vendors and suppliers in America”

Our History . . .

In September 1928, just prior to the annual convention of the California Retail Grocers and Merchants Association, a group of allied tradesmen gathered to consider a plan for improving methods of entertaining at grocery meetings. This plan met with unanimous approval, and during that same month The Illuminators came into being.
From the start, the roster of membership has been a “Who’s Who” of the leaders in the food industry. There were fifty-one members the first year, who pioneered the infancy of the organization. One of the principal responsibilities has been to provide fun and relaxation at the annual gathering of grocers.

Our Heritage . . .

Spread the Lite of Good Fellowship within the Retail Food Industry.

Our Values . . .

  • Industry Involvement - Individuals engaged on an equal basis for business development at the highest level.
  • Opportunity - Exposure for you and your company to include learning, leadership, communication and personal development.
  • Dedication - People uniquely committed to working together to deliver our purpose through serving on Illuminators’ committees.
  • Investment in the Future - Scholarship program for industry affiliated youth. 

Our Purpose . . .

We are a national non-profit organization comprised of diverse individuals dedicated to the success of the California Grocers Association and Western Association of Food Chains conventions. We are committed to developing the industry leaders of tomorrow.