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Pear Bureau NW Picks 2016 Retail Display Winners

The Pear Bureau Northwest named the winners in its third annual Pear up with USA Pears display contest. Produce department managers/directors were tasked with designing creative and educational USA Pears displays featuring Green and Red Anjou, Bosc pears and more.

The display had to be up for at least one week between Jan. 1 and April 15, and were judged on appearance, creativity and educational value to shoppers. Each retailer received an Amazon card and an additional five bonus points if the display included second, smaller-sized fruit in bulk, bags or totes.

First ($1,000), second ($750), and third ($500) place prizes were awarded as well as 10 honorable mentions in three store size categories. This year’s first place winners were: Tammy McEachron, Mirbitos IGA, Hannibal, N.Y.; David Scarlett, KVAT Food Stores, Knoxville, Tenn.; and John Weber, Hy-Vee Food Store, Worthington, Minn.

“We appreciate the work that goes into each entry and know participating retailers appreciate the pear category increases of as much as 300% reported during the contest,” says Kathy Stephenson, marketing communications director for Pear Bureau Northwest. “They are the heroes of the industry.”

The complete list of this year’s winners:

1-5 Cash Register Category

1st Place: Tammy McEachron, Mirbitos IGA, Hannibal, N.Y.

2nd Place: Holly Mathis, Neighborhood Co-op Grocery, Carbondale, Ill. (second year placing in top three)

3rd Place: Margie Hansen, Nilssen’s Foods, Baldwin, Wis.

Honorable Mentions (Alphabetical Order):

Sheila Burt, Mike’s Food Center, St. Charles, Minn.

Kathy Fleming, Hurley’s Fresh Market, Towanda, Pa.

Mike Hearns, Hollywood Markets, Troy, Mich.

Nancy Hoffstetter, Cortland Sparkle Market, Cortland, Ohio

Kia Lapier, Tops Markets, Schroon Lake, N.Y.

Tracey Norton, Sumter IGA, Sumter, S.C.

Lisa Reedy, Community Markets, Oak Harbor, Ohio

Rex Titch, Tops Markets, Waterford, Pa.

Marcie Zweigart, St. Helens Marketfresh, St. Helens, Ore.

Teresa Lewis, Piggly Wiggly, Oak Hill, Ohio

6-9 Cash Registers

1st Place: David Scarlett, KVAT Food Stores, Knoxville, Tenn. (second year placing in top three)

2nd Place: Casey Erlacher, Hy-Vee Food Store, Canton, Ill.

 3rd Place: Al Poland, Chucks Produce, Vancouver, Wash.

 Honorable Mentions (Alphabetical Order):

Shannon Adkins, KVAT Food City, Pikeville, Ky.

Dawn Beckby, Henderson's IGA, Valentine, Neb.

Jose Cruz, Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Market, South Elgin, Ill.

Steven Davis, Donelan’s Supermarket, Acton, Mass.

Brandon Hackbarth, Tops Markets, Hamburg, N.Y.

Ted Koutsouliou, Haymaker Village Shop & Save, Monroeville, Pa.

Tracie Newberry, Piggly Wiggly, Pinetops, N.C.

Kenny Ng, Calgary Co-Op, Calgary, Alta., Canada

Arturo Perez, Pete’s Fresh Market, Chicago, Ill.

Rick Weber, Hy-Vee Food Store, Waterloo, Iowa


10+ Cash Registers

1st Place: John Weber, Hy-Vee Food Store, Worthington, Minn.

2nd Place: Ken Marske, Schmitz’s Economart, Spooner, Wis. (second year placing in top three)

3rd Place: Doug Van Til, Van Tils Supermarket, Hammond, Ind.

Honorable Mentions (Alphabetical Order):

David A, Calgary Co-Op Association, Calgary, Alta., Canada

Francisco Andrade, Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets, Carol Stream, Ill.

Justin Fiscus, Dutch-way Farm Market, Myerstown, Pa.

William Gordon, Roche Brothers, Wellesley, Mass.

Billy Guidry, Rouses Supermarkets, Thibodaux, La.

Benjamin Karlen, Hy-Vee Food Store, Owatonna, Minn.

Lisa Larson, Calgary Co-Op, Strathmore, Alta., Canada

Luke Miller, Flemington ShopRite, Flemington, N.J.

Angel Patino, Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets, Elmwood Park, Ill.

Joe Costa, Red River Co-op Southdale, Winnipeg, Man., Canada



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