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
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
Market in Jim Thorpe, PA; and Dick Rissman of Dahl's Foods in Des Moines,
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, bigonions.com.