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June 25-27, 2018

25 retail produce managers honored at United Fresh convention

Marking its 14th year of recognizing exceptional retail produce managers, United Fresh Produce Association announced the honorees of its 2018 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. The group of 25 produce managers represents supermarket banners, commissaries and independent retail stores from 17 different states and Canada. The winners will be the honored guests at the United Fresh 2018 convention, June 25-27 in Chicago.

Sponsored by Dole Food Company, the program pays special recognition to produce managers working every day on the front line to increase sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Since the program began in 2005, nearly 300 retail produce managers, representing more than 100 different retail banners, have been honored for their contributions to the industry.

“Produce managers are the face of our industry to the consumer. Their creative merchandising and positive approach to customer service directly correlates to the growth of sales and ultimately consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables,” said United Fresh President & CEO Tom Stenzel. “We are grateful to Dole for once again sponsoring this program and for their partnership in recognizing these 25 deserving honorees.”

The 2018 Retail Produce Manager Award Winners are:
  • Mandy Aniciete, Brookshire Grocery Company, Mt. Pleasant, TX
  • Clint Baskett, Raley's Family of Fine Stores, Sparks, NV
  • Laura Boeke, Carter's Supermarket, Walker, LA
  • Jack Bogan, Stop & Shop/Ahold, Dedham, MA
  • Gustavo Cadena, Grocery Outlet, Richmond, CA
  • Paul Calkins, Price Chopper Supermarkets, Latham, NY
  • Shelly Carlock, FoodMaxx/The Save Mart Companies, Redding, CA
  • Coty Edward Jones, Meijer, South Bend, IN
  • Heather Gengler, Hy-Vee, Inc., Springfield, MO
  • Tyler Gibson, Food City/K-VA-T Food Stores, Crossville, TN
  • William Graham, Nellis AFB Commissary, Las Vegas, NV
  • Devon Hoffer, Marketplace Foods, Minot, ND
  • Mike Martin, Tops Friendly Markets, Manlius, NY
  • Travis Michael, Safeway/Albertsons Companies, Portland, OR
  • Wade Michels, Big Y Foods, Inc., Guilford, CT
  • Patrick Norman, Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Charlotte, NC
  • Tony Rivolta, Zehrs Markets, LaSalle, ON, Canada
  • Ron Rolston, Friday Harbor Market Place, Friday Harbor, WA
  • Patrick Ryan, Roche Bros. Supermarkets, Wellesley, MA
  • Justen Sturch, Schnuck Markets, Inc., St. Louis, MO
  • Nate Swan, Coborn's, Inc., Sartell, MN
  • Bill Taylor, Martin's Super Markets, South Bend, IN
  • Daniel Tellier, Metro Ontario Inc., Orangeville, ON, Canada
  • Steven Thorp, Southeastern Grocers, LLC, Lakeland, FL
  • Steve Waggoner, The Kroger Co. - Dillons Food Stores, Wichita, KS
“Today and everyday the contribution these exceptional produce managers make for us all in sharing with their customers their knowledge and expertise on the selection, preparation and benefits of fresh produce is something worth our thanks and recognition,” said Tim Stejskal, General Manager and Senior Vice President of Sales for Dole Fresh Vegetables. “Dole is privleged to be the company that gets to express this gratitude on behalf of our industry through our support of the United Fresh Produce Manager Award."

The winners were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by retailers and produce suppliers across the industry. Nominations were evaluated on several criteria, including efforts to increase produce consumption through excellence in merchandising, special displays and promotions, community service and commitment to customer satisfaction.

All winners, along with their corporate produce directors, will be honored at United Fresh 2018 during the Retail-Foodservice Celebration Breakfast on Wednesday, June 27 at, McCormick Place Convention Center in Chicago. In addition to their awards, five Grand Prize recipients will each receive a $1,000 cash prize.

Once again, United FreshMKT and United FreshTEC will co-locate with the Global Cold Chain Expo and the International Floriculture Expo, and new this year, the debut of the SmartFood Expo focused on fresh, healthy and better-for-you foods. The total event will bring together the retail, foodservice, fresh produce, floral, healthy food and perishable industries to embrace shared interest in providing high quality, colorful, fresh and safe products to consumers. The co-located events offer unprecedented value and access to the latest industry innovations. Register at

For more information:
Andrew Marshall
Director, Retail Produce Manager Awards Program
United Fresh Produce Association
Tel: (+1) 202-303-3407 

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