The United Fresh Foundation, through the Center for Leadership Excellence, is now accepting nominations for the 2013 Retail Produce Manager Awards program.
Established in 2005 by founding sponsor Ready Pac Foods Inc., the program will honor 25 outstanding retail produce managers at the United Fresh 2013 convention May 14-16 in San Diego.
The Retail Produce Manager Awards program pays special recognition to produce managers on the front line in supermarkets working everyday to increase sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. Since the program's inception, over 170 managers from more than 60 different retail banners have been honored for their commitment to customer satisfaction, innovative merchandising, produce-related community outreach, and recognition among company peers.
"Produce managers are the face of our industry to the consumer," said Randy Scott, category manager for produce at Delhaize America and chairman of United's Retail-Foodservice board, said in a press release. "Their creativity and positive interaction with customers can have a tangible effect on all of our bottom lines. This program is a powerful way to send a message to produce managers everywhere that we value what they do."
This year, 25 award winners, along with their corporate produce directors, will receive complimentary airfare, hotel accommodations and registrations to the United Fresh 2013 convention. The winners will be honored at the Produce Celebration Dinner on Thursday, May 16, where five grand prize winners will be announced as recipients of an additional $1,000 cash prize.
"We salute the incredible work of these men and women who are delivering an exceptional produce experience every day to the consumer," Michael Solomon, president and chief executive officer of Ready Pac Foods Inc., added in the press release. "We are proud to sponsor this program and honored to have such dedicated and talented managers showcasing the best our industry has to offer."
"We strongly encourage all retailers who want to recognize their best produce managers to nominate them today," Victoria Backer, United Fresh senior vice president of member services, added in the press release. "This is more than just a plaque to hang on the wall. This program is experience that many have called a "highlight of their careers."
The 2012 Retail Produce Manager Award winners were:
Nominations for the 2013 Retail Produce Manager Awards program may be made at www.unitedfreshfoundation.org and must be received by Jan. 18, 2013.