FreshDirect’s Tessa Able Named Recipient of 2023 Women in Supply Chain Award

New York, Sept. 18, 2023 Food Logistics, the only publication exclusively dedicated to covering the movement of product through the global cold food supply chain, and Supply & Demand Chain Executive, the only publication covering the entire global supply chain, named Tessa Able, Director of Operations and Support Staff at FreshDirect, as one of the winners of this year’s Women in Supply Chain Award.

The award honors female supply chain leaders and executives whose accomplishments, mentorship and examples set a foundation for women in all levels of a company’s supply chain network.

“We are so proud of Tessa and this well-deserved recognition,” said Dave Bass, Managing Director of FreshDirect. “We celebrate this accomplishment and offer our congratulations on Tessa’s 19 year work anniversary this fall. FreshDirect’s success in the retail grocery sector for the past two decades would not be possible without the dedication and hard work of women in the industry like Tessa.”

FreshDirect delivers fresh food groceries directly to customers in the tri-state New York area. Their relationships with local farmers and producers and farm-to-customer approach offers a dynamic, nimble business model that ensures customers get the freshest food possible; they are quick to adapt their offerings based on what is available. Unlike other online grocery platforms which have focused on center-of-store goods and struggled in fresh food categories, their supply chain and distribution network have been specifically designed to deliver the highest quality produce, seafood, meat, poultry, and prepared foods.

“This year, we received over 400 submissions, the highest amount of applications not only for this award, but also for all of our awards,” said Marina Mayer, Editor-in-Chief of Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive. “What’s more, 118 of those applications were submitted by male counterparts, nominating their boss, co-worker or associate. Last year, that figure was just at 75. Also this year, 39 women self-nominated, a tremendous uptick from last year’s award, which just saw 12 self-nominations. This shows progress. This shows hope that one day, we won’t need an award like this because men and women in the supply chain will be equal. While there’s still more work to be done, what we’re doing is working. From truck drivers to CEOs, what these winners are doing matters to the future of all supply chains.”

“Women have been making a significant impact in supply chain management, contributing to the growth and innovation of the supply chain industry,” said Sarah Barnes-Humphrey, founder of the ‘Let’s Talk Supply Chain’ podcast and Blended Pledge project, both exclusive sponsors of the Women in Supply Chain award. “As more women join the supply chain workforce, they bring diverse perspectives that can help address complex supply chain problems and improve global supply chain operations. It is important that we empower, recognize and elevate these achievements through initiatives like the Women in Supply Chain Award, as seen through the overwhelming response. Congratulations to all the winners, those who nominated others and the bravery of those who nominated themselves.”

Go to to view the full list of winners. Recipients will be honored at this year’s Women in Supply Chain Forum, set to take place Nov. 14-15, 2023 in Atlanta. Go to to register and learn more.

About Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive

Food Logistics reaches more than 26,000 supply chain executives in the global food and beverage industries, including executives in the food sector (growers, producers, manufacturers, wholesalers and grocers) and the logistics section (transportation, warehousing, distribution, software and technology) who share a mutual interest in the operations and business aspects of the global cold food supply chain. Supply & Demand Chain Executive is the only supply chain publication covering the entire global supply chain, focusing on trucking, warehousing, packaging, procurement, risk management, professional development and more. Food Logistics and Supply & Demand Chain Executive also operate SCN Summit and Women in Supply Chain Forum. Go to and to learn more.


About FreshDirect 

FreshDirect is a leading online grocer and is committed to delivering the highest quality, freshest food. Founded in 2002, the company creates food experiences and drives simple, healthy solutions to make every day better for their customers. By working directly with growers, producers, and local food innovators, FreshDirect provides the best in culinary exploration. From the latest NYC restaurant fare to sustainably sourced products from here and around the globe, the company finds food treasures and everyday grocery needs and delivers them to your door right when you need them. As a homegrown New York City brand, FreshDirect is integral to the fabric of food culture in the city. Headquartered in the Bronx, NY, and named one of America’s Best Midsize Employers of 2023 by Forbes, FreshDirect provides service to the greater New York tri-state area and is part of the Ahold Delhaize family of companies. For more information, visit


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Lauren Jangl, Director of Public Relations, FreshDirect, [email protected]