Nominations Are Being Accepted for 2019 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program
- by Andrea Allen
WASHINGTON, DC - It’s that time of year! United Fresh is now accepting nominations for the 2019 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. The purpose of this program is to recognize 25 remarkable retail managers for their innovative merchandising, produce-related community outreach, and increased store sales.
“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,” noted Jeff Cady, Director of Produce & Floral, Tops Friendly Markets 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’s inception 15 years ago, over 300 produce managers from over 100 different retail banners have been honored. The 25 award winners, along with their corporate produce directors, will receive complimentary airfare, hotel accommodations, and registration to United Fresh 2019, which takes place June 10-12, in Chicago, Illinois.
According to a press release, the program is sponsored by Dole Food Company this year.
“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,” shared Johan Linden, President and CEO of Dole Food Company. “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.”
In order to nominate someone, forms can be accessed online at www.unitedfresh.org and must be received by Thursday, January 24, 2019.