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SuperValu draws 4,600 to fourth National Expo

DOLE-FRESH-VEGETABLESST. PAUL, MN -- SuperValu’s fourth annual National Expo was held July 25-27 at the RiverCentre, here, and it drew 4,600 attendees from the 46 states the company serves. This was SuperValu’s first event since its recent acquisition of California-based Unified Grocers, a wholesale grocery distributor that supplies independent retailers throughout the western United States. During the show several reports came out that Supervalu purchased Central Grocers' Joliet, IL, distribution center for $61 million. 

Allison Mocchi, Scott Galey and Andersen Gale of Bolthouse Farms.

The invitation-only three-day expo featured a full day of educational seminars and workshops tailored to independent grocers, a trade show with over 300 vendors covering nearly 130,000 square feet of exhibit space, Monster Buys and Auctions, the Master Marketer Awards ceremony, along with a fundraiser for Feeding America.

“In a short period of time, the National Expo has become one of the must-attend events in the grocery industry,” Mike Stigers, executive vice president of wholesale at SuperValu, said in a news release. “The expo gives independent retailers the opportunity to learn from experts through thought leadership content, industry trend discussions, and networking opportunities all geared toward strengthening relationships and further enhancing their businesses. It also offers retailers the chance to meet personally with hundreds of vendors to hear more about new products and solutions that can help them drive additional sales in their stores.”