Progressive Grocer Names 2018 GenNext Award Winners
Progressive Grocer is pleased to announce the winners of the inaugural GenNext Awards program, recognizing emerging grocery leaders under the age of 40 who have demonstrated a commitment to a career in either the grocery or consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry.
Honorees were recognized for innovation through their work; leadership, including the capacity to inspire and lead others, and a commitment to learn from others; and a involvement and support of the industry – such as through associations – and helping through charities or in the community.
Out of more than 160 nominations that underwent a rigorous selection process, 25 honorees were selected who meet the award criteria. The winners are truly representative of today’s grocery industry – coming from retailers and CPG companies, as well as suppliers, associations, agencies and even finance.
“The 2018 GenNext Award winners are a diverse and exciting group that points to the evolution we’re currently seeing in grocery,” said Jim Dudlicek, editorial director of Progressive Grocer. “As the industry moves into a new age, these next-generation leaders are bringing a fresh perspective and innovative thought to their companies and influencing the industry at large.”
The winners will be honored with profiles online at progressivegrocer.com and in the December 2018 issue of Progressive Grocer.
The 2018 GenNext Award winners are as follows:
Lizzi Ackerman, Co-Founder and CMO – Birch Benders
Akin Akanni, Division CFO – The Kroger Co.
Darrell Anhel, Division Ecommerce Manager - The Kroger Co./Fry’s
Jenna Arkin, Vice President of Innovation - Earth Friendly Products
Abby Ayers, Manager, Retail Partnerships – Fair Trade USA
Justin Comparetto, President/Owner – Just Ryt Foods
Julie Divis, Quality Manager – Pre Brands
Beth Faught, Director of Retail – Crossmark
Seth Fridley, Assistant Director, Health, Wellness & Home – Hy-Vee