Scott Bennett is the 2019 Produce Retailer of the Year. ( Josh Feldman for Produce Retailer )

Produce Retailer magazine, sister publication of The Packer, has chosen Scott Bennett, produce sales and merchandising manager for Jewel-Osco, as the 2019 Produce Retailer of the Year.

A veteran of the industry, Bennett spent the first 20 years of his career with Dominick’s Finer Foods and the next 10 with Roundy’s before joining Jewel-Osco about six years ago.

Big, bold displays are Bennett’s hallmark, and strong supplier relationships and store-level execution make that strategy work.

“There’s a lot of people in Scott’s position who don’t want to take risk because they’re afraid to have themselves look bad — because it takes a lot of trust in your suppliers, it takes a lot of trust in your stores, it takes a lot of trust in your produce managers, basically everyone throughout the whole process, it takes a lot of trust to promote aggressively often,” said Paul Kawamura, director of sales for Irvine, Calif.-based Gem Pack Berries.

“It’s a lot easier to just kind of reel it back and do the status quo, and I think with Scott he’s willing to put himself out there and willing to take that risk,” Kawamura said. “He’s been able to successfully do it, and I think it’s paid off for everybody.”

Readers can check out the full profile story on Bennett — along with more photos and videos — on the Produce Retailer site.

Bennett will be recognized with an award presentation on the show floor at Fresh Summit. The presentation is scheduled for 11 a.m. Oct. 19 at The Packer’s booth, No. 3931.


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