Peter Ephraim, Nonfood Trade Publishing Pioneer, Dies

GLEN COVE, N.Y. -- Peter Ephraim, former publisher of Non-Foods Merchandising and former director, ad sales at Progressive Grocer, passed away on July 18 at his home here, after a bout with cancer.

An Air Corps veteran in WWII, and a graduate of CCNY, Ephraim began his career in media sales at consumer publications. He was named publisher of Non-Foods Merchandising in 1975, when he changed its format to tabloid and proceeded to build the publication up to the point that it was considered a major force in supermarket nonfoods.

Following the sale of NFM in 1978, Ephraim moved on to Progressive Grocer, where for 12 years he worked closely with the editorial department to build the nonfoods section into a successful part of the magazine and a strong advocate of supermarket nonfoods.

He also worked at Supermarket News in the late 1990s.

Along with his wife, Ursula, Ephraim was well known in nonfoods circles, and with his editorial partner, Glenn Snyder, was honored by GMDC as co-recipient of the association's Lifetime Achievement Award in 1997. Ephraim and Snyder comprised the first sales marketing and editorial team in supermarket trade journalism to have worked full-time on nonfoods.

Besides Ursula, his wife of 24 years and herself an alumnus of Non-Foods Merchandising, Ephraim is survived by four children, a sister, and seven grandchildren.

Services are scheduled for Monday, July 30th at 11 a.m. at the U.S. Calverton National Cemetery in Calverton, NY, near Riverhead.
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