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Oklahoma retailer wins IEOOC display contest

by Kathleen Thomas Gaspar | March 30, 2010
Winners of the Idaho-Eastern Oregon Onion Committee's 2010 Onion Lover's Month retail display contest were announced March 31, with David Dozier, produce manager of G.F.F. Foods in Moore, OK, taking the grand prize of $2,000 cash.

The contest ran from Dec. 31, 2009 to Feb. 2, 2010, and featured the famed Spanish Sweets from the Treasure Valley of Idaho-Eastern Oregon.

Mr. Dozier's display theme was Sweet Onions Save the Day -- Battling a Blaze of Boring Blandness. The onion committee mascot, Jumbo, was depicted in firefighter's gear, and the shelves were stocked with Spanish Sweet yellows, reds and whites in bags and bulk.

As in past years, the 2010 winner was selected based on use of onion committee signage as well as display creativity, perceived success in generating incremental sales for the onions and perceived impact on the produce section and store overall.

Prizes this year included a $25 gift card to all qualified entrants for use at Lowe's, Starbucks or Target stores.

First-place winners, each of whom received $750, are Elias Sami Freij of Food World Store No. 61 in Mobile, AL; Cathi Holloway of Logan's Market in Vale, OR; Brad Gardner of Carlyle Supervalu in Carlyle, IL; Norm Eckley of Jim Thorpe Market in Jim Thorpe, PA; and Dick Rissman of Dahl's Foods in Des Moines, IA.

Second-place winners, who were awarded $500, are Keith Fetterolf of Foodland in Lebanon, PA; Jason Schuette of Troy Supervalu in Troy, IL; Derek Bowers of Dutch-Way Farm Market in Schaefferstown, PA; Scott Schmitt of Breese Supervalu in Breese, IL; Geri Plocher of Highland Supervalu in Highland, IL; Jason Bennett of Dutch-Way Farm Market in Myerstown, PA; and Diane Nellis of Sureway No. 88 in Henderson, KY.

Taking third-place honors and $250 each are M. Braketoe of Dahl's in Clive, IA; Brian Holzkopf of Shop & Save Market in Bridgeview, IL; and Tim Pepper of Dahl's Foods in Des Moines, IA.

Winners have also been announced on the onion committee's Facebook page as well as on its web site,