United Fresh is now accepting nominations for the 2020 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program. This program recognizes 25 outstanding retail produce managers for their innovative merchandising, produce-related community outreach, increased store sales and recognition among company peers.
The Retail Produce Manager Awards Program, sponsored by Dole Food Co. Inc. and now in its 16th year, pays special recognition to produce managers on the front line in supermarkets working every day to increase sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.
“This is Dole’s sixth 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,” said Johan Linden, chief executive officer of Dole Food Co. “These men and women do so much to promote the increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, and this program gives us a platform to express our sincere thanks on behalf of our company and our industry.”
Twenty-five award winners, along with their corporate produce directors, will receive complimentary airfare, hotel accommodations and registration to United Fresh 2020 Convention & Expo, taking place June 16-19 in San Diego.
“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,” said Jeff Cady, director of produce and floral for 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 to manage it successfully is invaluable and truly appreciated throughout the industry.”
Since the program’s inception, more than 325 produce managers from more than 106 different retail banners have been honored. Nominations are now being accepted for the 2020 program. Nomination forms may be accessed online at www.unitedfresh.org and must be received by Jan. 15, 2020.