PBH Names Retail Role Models, Champs and Supermarket Dietitians of the Year

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PBH Names Retail Role Models, Champs and Supermarket Dietitians of the Year

02/13/2017

The Produce for Better Health Foundation (PBH) has named its 2016 Retail Role Models and Champions, which are as follows:

2016 Retail Role Models

  • K-VA-T Food Stores (first-time honoree)
  • Meijer Inc.  (sixth-time honoree)
  • Niemann’s Foods Inc. (third-time honoree)
  • Redner’s Markets Inc. (fifth-time honoree)
  • Robins Air Force Base (third-time honoree)
  • Roundy’s Supermarkets Inc. (fifth-time honoree)
  • Skogen’s Festival Foods (fourth-time honoree)
  • The Kroger Co. (fifth-time honoree)
  • United Supermarkets (first-time honoree)
  • Weis Markets (fourth-time honoree)

2016 Retail Champions

  • Ahold USA (fourth-time honoree)
  • Giant Eagle Inc. (first-time honoree)
  • H-E-B (second-time honoree)
  • Hy-Vee Inc. (third-time honoree)
  • Schnuck Markets Inc. (second-time honoree)
  • Wakefern Food Corp. (third-time honoree)

“Whether using the logo on marketing materials, packaging, or linking to our websites, the 2016 Retail Role Models and Champions continue to be strong advocates of the Fruits & Veggies—More Matters brand and national health campaign, as well as the mission of PBH,” said Elizabeth Pivonka, CEO of Hockessin, Del.-based PBH. “I’m pleased with these retailers’ efforts to increase fruit and vegetable education, awareness and consumption which strengthens our collective work toward a healthier America.”

The Retail Role Models and Champions will be formally acknowledged at an April 7 awards luncheon held during PBH’s Annual Conference: The Consumer Connection, in Scottsdale, Ariz., taking place April 4-7.

The foundation has also revealed its Supermarket Dietitians of the Year award, which recognizes the top supermarket registered dietitians and/or health-and-wellness staffers for their support of the Fruits & Veggies—More Matters program and of the shared goal of boosting the sale and consumption of fruit and vegetables. 

Supermarket Dietitians of the Year

  • Andie Gonzalez, H-E-B.
  • Molly Hembree, The Little Clinic/Kroger
  • Dana McLaughlin, Inserra Supermarkets
  • Jessica O’Connell, Hannaford Supermarkets
  • Marita Radloff, Robin’s Air Force Base

“It is a true honor to receive this award from the Produce for Better Health Foundation,” said McLaughlin, who in 2014 joined Mahwah, N.J.-based Inserra, which owns and operates 22 ShopRite stores in New York and New Jersey. “I am thankful for the opportunity to work with such a talented group of professionals at Inserra, who are as dedicated to improving the health of others as I am.”

“I am honored to be named as a Produce for Better Health (PBH) 2016 Supermarket Dietitian of the Year,” noted Hembree, who in addition to her work with Cincinnati-based Kroger is a Progressive Grocer contributor. “The efforts of PBH in increasing consumer fruit and vegetable consumption and moving the dial towards plant-based nutrition are unparalleled. It is my pleasure to consistently spread the good news about fruits and vegetables to my retailer and our customers and associates towards a healthier future.”