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
• Retail group of nine stores or less—Festival Foods
• Retail group of 10 or more stores—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.