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United Fresh Names Produce Manager Award Winners

Outstanding produce managers representing 21 different supermarket chains, commissaries and independent retail stores in 17 states and Canada will be the honored guests at United Fresh 2011 this May through the United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards Program.

Sponsored by Ready Pac Foods, the awards ­program is now in its seventh year and is presented through the Foundation’s Center for Leadership Excellence. The awards pay special recognition to those on the front lines in supermarkets working every day to increase sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

The program’s 25 winners were selected from hundreds of nominations submitted by retailers and produce suppliers across the industry. Selections were made based on a number of criteria, including efforts to increase produce consumption through everyday excellence in merchandising, special ­displays and promotions, community service and commitment to total customer satisfaction.

All winners and their corporate produce ­directors will be honored at United Fresh 2011 during the Chairman’s Reception & Annual Awards Banquet on May 4, at the Hilton Riverside Hotel in New Orleans. In addition to the awards, five grand prize ­recipients will receive an ­additional $1,000 cash prize.

The 2011 winners are:

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<li>Shannon Adkins, Food City, Shelbiana, Ky.</li>

<li>Dorinda Bertoldi, Big Y Foods, Wilbraham, Mass.</li>

<li>Terry Blackburn, Hy-Vee Inc., Lincoln, Neb.</li>

<li>Aaron Carleton, King Soopers/City Market, Boulder, Colo.</li>

<li>Donald Courtright, Beale AFB Commissary, Beale, Calif.</li>

<li>Michael Crutchfield, Save Mart, Angels Camp, Calif.</li>

<li>Craig Docherty, Vons, Las Vegas</li>

<li>David Dozier, GFF Foods, Moore, Okla.</li>

<li>Paul Ferro, Jewel-Osco, Chicago</li>

<li>Jake Foster, Brookshire Grocery Co., Athens, Texas</li>

<li>Greg Gerdes, Hy-Vee Inc., Sioux Falls, S.D.</li>

<li>Mark Glanville, Hannaford Bros. Co., Scarborough, Maine</li>

<li>Dave Heetderks, Spartan Stores, Grand Rapids, Mich.</li>

<li>Brad Lange, Brookshire Grocery Co., Shreveport, La.</li>

<li>Dave Lemire, Safeway Stores Inc., Tsawwassen, B.C., Canada</li>

<li>Ben Lopez, Nob Hill Foods/Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, San Ramon, Calif.</li>

<li>Bob Merritt, Quality Food Centers, Seattle</li>

<li>David Nappi, Price Chopper Supermarkets/Golub Corp., Plattsburgh, N.Y.</li>

<li>Ron Potter, Food City, Kingsport, Tenn.</li>

<li>Marilyn Jo Poyzer, Woods Supermarkets, Nevada, Mo.</li>

<li>David Schoch, Bel Air Markets/Raley’s Family of Fine Stores, Woodland, Calif.</li>

<li>Eric Segerstrom, Safeway Stores Inc., Bellevue, Wash.</li>

<li>Jennifer Smith, Camp Pendleton Commissary, Oceanside, Calif.</li>

<li>John Ward, VG’s Food, Shelby Township, Mich.</li>

<li>David Williams, Rouses Supermarkets, New Orleans, La.</li>

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