PG to Honor 2010 Top Women in Grocery, Green Grocer Award Winners

Progressive Grocer will honor the 2010 Top Women in Grocery and Green Grocer Award winners on Thursday, Nov. 11, at a cocktail and dinner celebration held at the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel in Washington. The cocktail reception will take place in the Peacock Lounge from 5:30 p.m. to 7:00 p.m., and the dinner and awards ceremony will take place in the Crystal Ballroom from 7:00 p.m. to 11:00p.m.

The grocery retail industry atlarge is welcome to attend this event. To RSVP and register, please contact Mallory Lickey at [email protected] or (224) 632-8234. Event sponsorships are also available. For more information, or to become a sponsor, please contact Steven Lichtenstein, PG'sVP/group publisher at (201) 855-7613 or [email protected].

For four years, PG has recognized women who not only excel as leaders, mentors and role models in their professional endeavors and individual communities, but who also unmistakably love their jobs.

Nominations were accepted in the following categories: Senior-level Executives (open to retailers, suppliers and wholesalers with titles of VP or higher, for the most part), Rising Stars (retailers, suppliers and wholesalers with job titles above store manager, but below VP) and Store Managers.

“This year, Progressive Grocer received an exceptional number of nominations for outstanding female executives from across the country, 114 of whom were selected to collectively represent the true architects of change in a business where men have traditionally far outnumbered women in all capacities, save clerk,” said PG's Editor-in-Chief, Meg Major. “A quick scan of the Top Women winners quickly dispels lingering perceptions that women are not making major strides to rapidly advance to the front offices, corner suites, store director’s offices and distribution control centers.”

“As in years past, we have the esteemed honor of paying tribute to this remarkable group of women,” said Steven Lichtenstein, PG’s VP/Group Publisher. “The entire staff of Progressive Grocer and Stagnito Media can’t wait to extend our sincere congratulations to all of our 2010 Top Women in Grocery, along with their employers, at our awards reception and dinner.”

Also on Nov. 11, PG will also honor the 10 winners of its third annual Green Grocers Awards alongside the Green Grocers Hall of Fame winners. The Green Grocer Awards recognize those industry leaders dedicating themselves to social responsibility through green initiatives. The 2010 Green Grocers comprise myriad business styles and sizes -- from natural markets to multistore chains to independent grocers -- that embody the green mission in a variety of ways.

The grocery industry’s long-standing commitment to green initiatives led the PG editorial team also to induct the first 10 members into the Green Grocers Hall of Fame. The Hall of Fame selections are prior Green Grocers being honored for their consistent contributions to taking the industry’s eco-friendly commitment to the next level. Hall of Fame inductees will continue to be considered for subsequent Green Grocer honors for specific projects in years to come.

“It was such a pleasure to review the submissions for this honor that pays tribute to the great strides the grocery industry is making to expand its sustainability portfolios as part of increasingly important corporate social responsibility efforts,” said Major. “We also look forward to honoring this year’s new Green Grocer inductees, as well as the Hall of Fame winners, in Washington.”

Progressive Grocer’s 2010 Green Grocer Winners
• Brookshire Grocery Co.: initiatives across stores in Texas, Louisiana, Arkansas and Mississippi
• Food Lion, Store 2157, Columbia, S.C.
• Giant Eagle Market District, Robinson Township, Pa.
• IGA, Mahomet IGA, Mahomet, Ill; Hood Canal IGA, Hoodsport,Wash.
• Price Chopper Supermarkets: initiatives across stores in Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire, New York, Pennsylvania and Vermont
• Raley’s: initiatives across stores in northern California and Nevada
• Star Market, Chesnut Hill, Mass.
• Sweetbay Supermarket: initiatives across stores in Florida
• Union Market, Brooklyn, N.Y.
• Wild By Nature, Oceanside, N.Y.

Green Grocers Hall of Fame
1. Delhazie Group
2. Giant Eagle
3. HEB Grocery Co.
4. The Kroeger Co.
5. Publix Supermarkets Inc.
6. Safeway Inc.
7. The Stop & Shop Supermarket Co.
8. Walmart
9. Whole Foods Market
10. A&P Tea Co.

Progressive Grocer has been the voice of the food retail industry for 88 years. Serving the largest audience in the market, PG’s readers are top management executives at headquarters and top decision-makers at store level. From chain supermarkets to independent supermarkets, super centers, wholesalers and food brokers, readers rely on PG for its authoritative, comprehensive, relevant and research-based editorial and news. By anticipating, reporting and interpreting important data and trends, PG fulfills its mission: accelerating insight and opportunity for leading grocery retailers, and accelerating brand and sales success for leading manufacturers. PG is owned by Stagnito Media, a Cardinal Growth, LP portfolio company, based in Deerfield, Ill. Cardinal Growth, LP is a Chicago-based Small Business Investment Company.

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