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Retail Produce Manager Awards Program


The 2016 Retail Produce Manager Awards Program

Honoring the Best of the Produce Industry’s Front Line 

The United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards Program pays special recognition to produce managers on the front lines in supermarkets working every day to increase sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

United Fresh Produce Association will honor 25 of the industry’s top retail produce managers for their commitment to fresh produce, innovative merchandising, community service and customer satisfaction.

2016 Award Winners

Amy Allman The Kroger Company Athens, GA
Tricia Arceneaux Frank’s Supermarkets Golden Meadow, LA
Ryan Blancas Beale AFB Commissary Marysville, CA
Jeffery Bonacquisti Market 32/Price Chopper Pittsfield, MA
James Corcoran ShopRite Carteret, NJ
Ted Elliott Tops Friendly Markets Warsaw, NY
Mark Garcia The Common Market Frederick, MD
Michael Giberson Niemann Foods, Inc. Champaign, IL
Dan Hanson Hy-Vee, Inc. Mankato, MN
James Howard Food City/K-VA-T Food Stores Pikeville, KY
Denise Kelly Sobeys Charlottetown, PEI, Canada
Amy Lincoln Coborn’s Ramsey, MN
Ken Miller Save Mart Placerville, CA
Brice Mollohan Harris Teeter Supermarkets Mathews, NC
Jason Norviel Schnucks Markets Des Peres, MO
Steve Parker Raley’s Family of Fine Stores Reno, NV
Henry Porter Vashon Thriftway Vashon, WA
Jennifer Ratkiewicz Big Y Foods, Inc. Springfield, MA
Lely Reyes Albertsons Companies McLean, VA
Ronnie Showers Roundy’s Supermarkets Sun Prairie, WI
Skyler Smith Marc’s Stores N. Canton, OH
Gary Standing Loblaws Supermarkets North Sydney, NS, Canada
Lucilo Torres Northgate González Markets Long Beach, CA
Brett Walker Brookshire Grocery Company Pittsburg, TX
Keith Zielonka Food Lion Morrisville, NC

The winners will be the honored guests that the United Fresh 2016 convention, June 20-22, 2016 in Chicago. Registration is available at UnitedFreshShow.org

Why Should You Participate?

This program serves to honor produce managers who are making a difference and setting the standards of excellence in the produce department.

  • You’re saying to the produce industry, “This person is your advocate! Let’s recognize them for the excellent work they do.” 
  • You’re offering exceptional managers an opportunity to further their industry knowledge. 
  • Provide an incredible experience for your produce managers to engage with retail and produce leaders and learn about the newest products at the United Fresh convention.
  • Raise the bar within your own company and have your banner recognized as an industry leader.

Nomination Details


Nominations will open for 2017 this fall.

How To Nominate a Produce Manager

  • Submit a nomination form.
  • Nominations must be approved by the Retail Produce Director (or designated corporate representative).

Read Nomination Guidelines, Best Practices & FAQs

Selection Criteria

Winners are selected by a team of produce marketing experts, based on the following:

  • Innovative Merchandising, Special Displays and Sampling Programs;
  • Produce-Related Community Service or Outreach;
  • Recognition Within Their Company; and,
  • Commitment to Customer Satisfaction and Promoting Fresh Produce.


  • Companies may nominate multiple produce managers.
  • Past winners are not eligible.
  • Nominees must be employed as a retail produce manager.
  • The winning manager must be accompanied to the convention by a corporate produce executive.

The 25 winning Produce Manager AND their Corporate Produce Directors will receive:

  • Complimentary roundtrip airfare and registration to the United Fresh 2016 convention,
  • Two nights of hotel accommodations;
  • Commemorative Plaque; and,
  • Recognition on stage at the Retail-Foodservice Celebration Dinner.

And, five Grand Prize Winners will receive $1,000!

Previous Winning Banners2005-2015

Since 2005, nearly 300 produce managers have been honored from more than 80 retail banners. These produce managers represent the BEST of the BEST in our industry. 

A & P
Albrecht’s Sentry Foods
Al’s Supermarkets
Altus AFB Commissary
Andronico’s Community Markets
Artega’s Food Center
Ball Foods
Beale AFB Commissary
Bel Air Markets
Big Y Foods, Inc.
Bi-Lo Markets, LLC
BKT Sentry Foods
Blue Goose Market
Bristol Farms
Brookshire Grocery Company
Buy-Low Foods
Camp Pendleton Commissary
Chief Supermarket, Inc.
Clemens Family Markets
Coborn’s Inc.
Colemans Food Centres
Daniel’s Sentry Store
Dine’ Markets
Food City/K-VA-T Food Stores
Food Lion, LLC
Food Maxx
Food Pride
Ft. Bragg North Commissary
Ft. Worth NAS Commissary
Gelson’s Market
GFF Foods
Grocery Outlet
Hannaford Bros. Company
Harris Teeter Supermarkets
Hugo’s Family Marketplace
Hy-Vee, Inc.
Jewel Osco
K-VA-T Food Stores, Inc.
King Soopers

King’s Food Markets
Lemoore NAS Commissary
Los Angeles AFB Commissary
Lucky’s Supermarkets
Luke AFB Commissary
Market Place
McClellan Comissary
Metcalfe’s Market
MOM’s Organic Market
New River MCAS Commissary
Nob Hill Foods
Northgate González Markets
Oak Point Fresh Market
Ord Community Commissary
Paul’s Food Pride
Payson Market Place
Pick’N Save
Price Chopper
Quality Food Centers
Raley’s Family of Fine Stores
Ray’s Food Place
River Valley Market
Roundy’s Supermarkets
Rouses Supermarkets
Rueben’s County Market
Safeway, Inc.
Save Mart
Smith’s Food & Drug
Spartan Stores
Sunflower Farmers Market
Super 1 Foods
The Kroger Company
Travis Air Force Base Commissary
VG’s Foods
Wal-Mart Stores Inc.
Weis Markets, Inc.
Winn Dixie
Woods Supermarkets

For questions about the Retail Produce Manager Awards Program, contact Jeff Oberman, Vice President, Trade Relations, at 831.600.8922.

Special thanks to our program sponsor: