Nominations Period Open for Retail Produce Manager Awards
The United Fresh Produce Association is now accepting nominations for its 2019 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. The awards honor 25 outstanding retail produce managers for innovative merchandising, produce-related community outreach, increased store sales and recognition among company peers.
The program, sponsored by Dole Food Co. and now in its 15th year, pays tribute to store-level produce managers working daily to boost sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
“This is Dole’s fifth 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,” noted Johan Linden, president and CEO of the Westlake, Village, Calif.-based supplier. “These men and women do so much to promote the increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, and this gives us an opportunity to recognize that contribution and a platform to express our sincere thanks on behalf of our company and our industry.”
The winners, along with their corporate produce directors, will receive complimentary airfare, hotel accommodations and registration to United Fresh 2019, set for June 10-12 in Chicago.
“The ability to creatively merchandise product, interact with customers and oversee the growth of not only the department’s offerings, but also the people within the department, is paramount,” said Jeff Cady, director of produce and floral at Williamsville, N.Y.-based Tops Markets LLC and chairman of the United Fresh Retail-Foodservice Board. “Fresh produce is a vital part of our day-to-day business, and being able manage it successfully is invaluable and truly appreciated throughout the industry.”
Since the program began, 300-plus produce managers from more than 100 retail banners have received recognition.
Nomination forms are available online and must be submitted by Jan. 24, 2019.
Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh’s membership encompasses growers, shippers, fresh-cut processors, wholesalers, distributors, retailers, foodservice operators, industry suppliers and allied associations.