Minnesota Grown Recognizes ‘Retailer Of The Year’ Winners

Minnesota Grown Recognizes ‘Retailer Of The Year’ Winners
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Winners of the second annual Minnesota Grown Retailer of the Year awards were presented earlier this week during the Minnesota Grocers Association’s annual industry luncheon in Bloomington.

Awards were presented by Minnesota Agriculture Commissioner Dave Frederickson and Minnesota Grocers Association President Jamie Pfuhl.

Winners were recognized in three categories:

• Single store—Mackenthun’s Fine Foods

Minn Grown Mackenthuns

Jamie Pfuhl, MGA president; MGA Chair Glen Gust, Glen’s Food Center Inc.; Paul Hugunin, Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Dave Frederickson, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Eve Viskocil, Mackenthun’s Fine Foods; Jessa Theis, Mackenthun’s Fine Foods; Jaime Mackenthun, Mackenthun’s Fine Foods; and Ed Gardeski, Mackenthun’s Fine Foods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Retail group of nine stores or less—Festival Foods

Minn Grown Festival Foods

Robin Mishler, Festival Foods; Chris Thienes, Festival Foods; Jamie Pfuhl, MGA president; Paul Hugunin, Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Dave Frederickson, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Rod Borden, Festival Foods; Jason Herfel, Festival Foods; Andrew Youngquist, Festival Foods; and Greg King, Festival Foods.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

• Retail group of 10 or more stores—Lunds and Byerly’s

Minn Grown Lunds

Jamie Pfuhl, MGA president; MGA Chair Glen Gust, Glen’s Food Center Inc.; Paul Hugunin, Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Dave Frederickson, commissioner of the Minnesota Department of Agriculture; Rick Steigerwald, Lunds and Byerly’s; Dave Mickelberg, Lunds and Byerly’s; Phil Lombardo, Lunds and Byerly’s; and Tres Lund, Lunds and Byerly’s.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Commissioner Frederickson said it was an honor to recognize the grocers who are committed to offering locally grown products in their stores.

“These grocers have answered the demand and have made it convenient for their customers to find fresh, locally grown foods,” said Frederickson. “In turn, they’re supporting local farmers and local economies.”

Winning entries were selected based on the number of Minnesota Grown products and the number of Minnesota farmers that the grocer carried. Judges also considered how the grocer promoted these products to their customers through ads, displays and the use of promotional venues like Facebook pages and other social media channels; 10 percent of the points were awarded based on fan voting on the Minnesota Grown Facebook page.

In addition to a commemorative plaque, winners receive the exclusive rights to use the “Minnesota Grown Retailer of the Year” logo in their ads and displays for the next year.

 

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