Tops Friendly Markets, Williamsville, N.Y., announced its 2017 Produce Managers of the Year. 

Nominees from each district were evaluated on several criteria including sales growth, customer interaction, merchandising, shrink and profitability, according to a news release.

Each region submitted candidates for consideration before being reviewed by Tops Friendly Markets regional vice presidents John McCaffrey and Mike Patti along with Jeff Cady, director of produce/floral for Tops.

“The ability to creatively merchandise the product, interact with the customers, and oversee the growth of not only the product, but the people within the department is paramount,” Jeff Cady, director of produce/floral for Tops, said in the release

This year’s award recipients are:

•Eddie Mercado, Derby, N.Y.;

•Terry Bensley, Medina, N.Y.;

•Chris Buchholtz, Corning, N.Y.;

•Scott Grange, Liverpool, N.Y.;

•Rob Czaja, Attica, N.Y.;

•John Dedie, Henrietta, N.Y.;

•Bill Steinbrecher, Syracuse, N.Y.;

•Dean Maracchion, Camden, N.Y.;

•Amanda Hapeman, Elizabeth Town, N.Y.;

Anthony Costigan, Farmington, N.Y.;

•Mike Atkins, Warren, Pa.