Last updated on April 28th, 2016 at 10:25 am
The Minnesota Grown program, in conjunction with the Minnesota Grocers Association, has named Knowlan’s Super Markets a 2016 Retailer of the Year. This marks the fifth consecutive year the grocer has been chosen for the award, announced Tuesday at a special luncheon sponsored by the Minnesota Grocers Association.
Knowlan’s operates six Festival Foods stores and two Knowlan’s Fresh Foods Stores in the Twin Cities metro area. The organization is unique in its industry for being family-owned and operated by Minnesota native Lauri Youngquist, its president and CEO. Knowlan’s has been dedicated to supporting local farmers and other food producers since it started selling locally grown food products in 1905.
“To be given this kind of recognition five years running is a reflection of our mission to offer only the best grocery products for our customers,” said Youngquist. “We’ve been dedicated to Minnesota food producers for more than 100 years so locally grown is not a trendy marketing term for our grocery stores. It’s a way of doing business that has been integral to our success for the past century.”
The Retailer of the Year Award is given to four retailers who excel at promoting Minnesota foods and focus on local food sources and suppliers. The entrants are judged on several criteria, including how well they use Minnesota Grown displays to promote local food, the variety of local foods offered and the number of local producers whose products are sold.
Knowlan’s has won the award in the retail group of nine stores or less every year since 2012.