“This program is an incredible opportunity for retailers everywhere to put forth their top produce managers as a chance for them to be recognized as leaders in their field,” said Randy Scott, chairman of United Fresh’s Retail-Foodservice Board, and category manager produce for Delhaize America, in a news release. “For the winning produce managers, this is more than an award. This is an affirmation of their hard work and a thank you for their tremendous commitment to our industry.”
Nomination forms are online and nominations must be submitted by Feb. 28, according to the release from the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh.
The program, now in its tenth year, honors 25 retail produce managers at the United Fresh 2014 convention June 10-13 in Chicago, according to the release.
Ready Pac Foods Inc. is the founding sponsor of the awards program.
Since the program began, 200 produce managers from 70 different retail banners have been honored for their commitment to customer satisfaction, innovative merchandising, produce-related community outreach, and recognition among company peers, according to the release.
The release said the 25 winners and their corporate produce directors, will receive complimentary airfare, hotel accommodations and registrations to the United Fresh 2014 convention.
The winners also will be honored at the Produce Celebration Gala on June 11, where five grand prize winners will be announced as recipients of an additional $1,000 cash prize, according to the release.
“Ready Pac takes great pride in recognizing the industry’s leading produce managers through this program,” Tony Sarsam, chief executive officer of Ready Pac Foods, Inc., said in the release. “These men and women are the face of our industry to the consumer and we greatly appreciate their exceptional work and commitment.”
“It has been amazing to see the growth of this program and the positive impact it has had, not only on the winners, but on their companies, and the broader retail and produce industries,” Victoria Backer, United Fresh senior vice president of member services, foundation, said in the release. “We are incredibly grateful to Ready Pac for their support of this program over the past ten years and look forward to making 2014 a spectacular experience.”