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Minnesota Grocers Names Its 2018 Food Industry Heroes

Jamie Pfuhl, Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer and Cub Foods store manager Paula Schmitz.
Jamie Pfuhl, Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer and Cub Foods Store Manager Paula Schmitz.

The Minnesota Grocers Association (MGA) has honored Sen. Roger Chamberlain (R-Lino Lakes), Sen. Mary Kiffmeyer (R-Big Lake), Rep. Ron Kresha (R-Little Falls) and Rep. Cindy Pugh (R-Chanhassen) as its 2018 Heroes of the Food Industry. They received this recognition for their leadership in advancing the food industry’s priorities during the Minnesota’s 2018 legislative session, says MGA.

“Our 2018 Heroes of the Food Industry displayed strong leadership in advocating for common sense policies that create job growth and spur economic activity. They truly are champions of a free marketplace, not placing undue burdens on local business, and helping our neighbors keep their shopping baskets full,” said Jamie Pfuhl, MGA president. “This award is a testament to their vision, work ethic and support of the industry from farm to fork.”

Tom Clasen, VP of operations, Knowlan's Super Markets Inc.; Sen. Roger Chamberlain; Robin Mishler, Festival Foods store manager; Pfuhl.
Tom Clasen, VP of operations, Knowlan’s Super Markets Inc.; Sen. Roger Chamberlain; Robin Mishler, Festival Foods store manager; and Pfuhl.

MGA presented the awards to the legislators at a store in their district. After the presentation, members discussed priority issues in the store to further understand the complex nature of the industry and the many challenges faced to remain viable in today’s competitive marketplace.

“Our success at the capitol has a direct correlation to our member’s proactive engagement,” said Mike Karbo, MGA VP of government affairs. “We thank our 2018 Heroes for their outstanding commitment to the food industry and the strength of their relationship with their local grocer.” 

To receive a Hero of the Food Industry Award, legislators must have the highest rating on the MGA Legislative Scorecard. In addition, they must distinguish themselves by advocating strongly and effectively on a priority issue. Of the four legislators selected, one will be chosen to be the 2019 MGA Legislator of the Year.

Cub Foods earns Silver Plate Award

Kyle Wensmann, Coborn’s store manager; Rep. Ron Kresha; and Pfuhl.
Kyle Wensmann, Coborn’s store manager; Rep. Ron Kresha; and Pfuhl.

In other MGA news, Cub Foods is one of eight companies statewide to be recognized for its efforts to end hunger in its communities through the annual MGA Bag Hunger Campaign.

The campaign included 258 MGA retail members, seven vendor partners, and community food banks and food shelves across the state.

Participating stores and vendor locations offered multiple opportunities for consumers to contribute to the campaign. Many retailers encouraged customers to donate grocery items in-store or round up their purchase totals at the register, contributing the price difference to feed local families. Others displayed the names of customers who donated money on grocery list icons. All food and monetary contributions collected were distributed to a variety of local food shelves, banks and support organizations across the state. 

Nathan Thomas, Kowalski’s Excelsior Market store manager; Rep. Cindy Pugh; and Pfuhl.

Cub Foods received the Silver Plate Award for Best Overall Program Support – Retailer in the Bag Hunger Campaign Silver Plate contest, which offers a chance for campaign participants to get creative with in-store advertising while engaging consumers to end hunger. In addition to receiving the award, Cub Foods presented a $1,000 donation to the food charity of its choice, PROP (People Reaching Out to People), on behalf of the 2017 Bag Hunger Campaign.

“At Cub, our success is dependent on the success of the community, and it gives us great pleasure to donate $1,000 to PROP thanks to the Bag Hunger Campaign and Cub customers,” said Chad Ferguson, president of Cub operations. “We are constantly amazed at the generosity of our shoppers and thank them for making this donation possible.”

“Every day, hundreds of our neighbors struggle to put food on their table. Food insecurity is one of the early indicators of family economic crisis,” said Kelli Steidle, marketing director for PROP. “More than ever, food shelves need the support of their communities to continue to help those in need. Minnesota’s grocers, vendors and their customers have proven that together, we can succeed in the fight to end hunger.”

“It was exciting to see these partnerships develop and everyone’s hard work on the Bag Hunger Campaign make a positive difference for Minnesota families in need,” said Pfuhl. “I applaud Cub Foods on its successes in this campaign. All of our participants did a great job raising awareness on a community level and rallying consumers behind this important cause.”

Pfuhl and Ferguson presented PROP with a $1,000 donation.
Pfuhl and Ferguson presented PROP with a $1,000 donation.

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