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United Fresh 2020 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program

Honoring essential workers of the food supply chain’s front lines

Marking its sixteenth year recognizing exceptional retail produce managers, United Fresh Produce Association honored its 2020 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program winners during the Retail-Foodservice LIVE! General Session. The group of 25 produce managers represents supermarket banners, commissaries and independent retail stores from 16 different states and Canada. 

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. 

“As the face of our industry in store, retail produce managers play a significant role in influencing a consumer’s decision to shop for fresh produce,” said Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association. “More so than ever before, we are extremely fortunate to have these outstanding produce managers representing our industry and working each day to deliver a positive customer experience in the produce department during the coronavirus pandemic."

United Fresh and Dole Food Company honored five exceptional retail produce managers with the $1,000 Grand Prize honor. Those recipients are:

  • Ricky Morrison, Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Charlotte/Harrisburg, NC
  • Ken Marske, Schmitz's Economart, Spooner, WI
  • Jaleisha Freeman, Oceana Naval Air Station Commissary, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Freddie Dowell, Brookshire Grocery Company, Malakoff, TX
  • Christine Burton, Kroger Company, Shelbyville, IN

In addition, in recognition for the work these essential retail produce managers have been doing throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, Dole Food Company has honored each of the 25 winners with a $1,000 check; further increasing the five grand prize winners to $2,000 each.

  • Michael Foint, Big Y Foods, Inc, Amherst, MA
  • Freddie Dowell, Brookshire Grocery Company, Malakoff, TX
  • Dave Baxter, Daniels Sentry Foods, Walworth, WI
  • Jaleisha Freeman, Oceana Naval Air Station Commissary, Virginia Beach, VA
  • Steve Kaluahine, Gelson's Market, Rancho Mission Viejo, CA
  • John Hollenden, Giant Food Stores, Warrington, PA
  • Paul Rosen, Good Food Store, Missoula, MT
  • Gabriel Cabrera, Grocery Outlet, Visalia, CA
  • Clay Williams, Harps Food Stores, Fayetteville, AR
  • Ricky Morrison, Harris Teeter Supermarkets, Harrisburg, NC
  • Ronnie Minteer, Hy-Vee, Inc., Springfield, IL
  • Brian Lowery, Jewel-Osco, Chicago, IL
  • Christine Burton, Kroger Company, Shelbyville, IN
  • Randy Davis, K-VA-T Food Stores (Food City), Gatlinburg, TN
  • Maynard Miller, Martin's Super Markets, Nappanee, IN
  • Tammy Joseph, Meijer, Cedar Springs, MI
  • Kevin MacLeod, Metro Ontario Inc., Orleans, ON, Canada
  • Bill Ryder, Publix Super Markets, Inc., Tullahoma, TN
  • Michael Thomas, Raley's Family of Fine Stores, Carson City, NV
  • Josh Smith, Rouses Supermarkets, New Orleans, LA
  • Ken Marske, Schmitz's Economart, Spooner, WI
  • Jose Garcia, Sprouts Farmers Market, Santee, CA
  • Eduardo Queirolo, The Fresh Market, Aventura, FL
  • Brad Franklin, Tops Friendly Markets, Towanda, PA
  • Robert Fowler, Whole Foods Market, Chicago, IL

“This is Dole’s sixth year as title sponsor of the United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards, and we could not be more proud to be a part of this important recognition program,” said Johan Linden, CEO, Dole Food Company. 

For more information:
Spencer Crawford
United Fresh Produce Association
Tel: +1 (202) 303-3415
Email: scrawford@unitedfresh.org
www.unitedfresh.org


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