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Pear Bureau Announces Retail Display Contest Winners

Holly Mathis’ display, Neighborhood Co-Op, Carbondale, Illinois.

The results are in for the 3rd annual “Pear Up with USA Pears” display contest sponsored by Pear Bureau Northwest.

Produce personnel submitted creative and educational USA Pears displays featuring Green Anjou, Red Anjou and Bosc pears. The displays were out for at least one week during the contest period from Jan. 1–April 15 in U.S. and Canadian stores.

Entries were judged on appearance, creativity and educational value to produce shoppers. Five bonus points were added to entries that included second, smaller sized fruit in bulk, bags or totes. Each entrant received an Amazon gift card in appreciation for them creating a display.

“Ever year, Pear Bureau Northwest celebrates and rewards dedicated produce personnel who build these creative sales-boosting displays. They are the heroes of the industry,” says Kathy Stephenson, marketing communications director at Pear Bureau Northwest. “We appreciate the work that goes into each entry and know participating retailers appreciate the pear category increases of as much as 300 percent reported during the contest.”

Pear Bureau Northwest awarded first, second and third place winners and 10 honorable mentions in three categories (1–5 cash registers, 6-9 cash registers and 10+ cash registers), for a total of 39 cash prizes.

Winners in each of three store categories received:

· 1st place: $1,000

· 2nd place: $750

· 3rd place: $500

· 10 honorable mentions: $150 each


The winners for the 1–5 cash registers category are:

1st: Tammy McEachron, Mirbitos IGA, Hannibal, New York

2nd: Holly Mathis, Neighborhood Co-op Grocery, Carbondale, Illinois (second year placing in top three)

3rd: Margie Hansen, Nilssen’s Foods, Baldwin, Wisconsin

Honorable Mentions (alphabetical order):

Sheila Burt, Mike’s Food Center, St. Charles, Minnesota

Kathy Fleming, Hurley’s Fresh Market, Towanda, Pennsylvania

Mike Hearns, Hollywood Markets, Troy, Michigan

Nancy Hoffstetter, Cortland Sparkle Market, Cortland, Ohio

Kia Lapier, Tops Markets, Schroon Lake, New York

Tracey Norton, Sumter IGA, Sumter, South Carolina

Lisa Reedy, Community Markets, Oak Harbor, Ohio

Rex Titch, Tops Markets, Waterford, Pennsylvania

Marcie Zweigart, St. Helens Marketfresh, St. Helens, Oregon

Teresa Lewis, Piggly Wiggly, Oak Hill, Ohio


The winners for the 6-9 cash registers category are:

1st: David Scarlett, K-VA-T Food Stores, Knoxville, Tennessee (second year placing in top three)

2nd: Casey Erlacher, Hy-Vee Food Store, Canton, Illinois

3rd: Al Poland, Chucks Produce, Vancouver, Washington

Honorable Mentions (alphabetical order):

Shannon Adkins, K-VA-T Food City, Pikeville, Kentucky

Dawn Beckby, Henderson’s IGA, Valentine, Nebraska

Jose Cruz, Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Market, South Elgin, Illinois

Steven Davis, Donelan’s Supermarket, Acton, Massachusetts

Brandon Hackbarth, Tops Markets, Hamburg, New York

Ted Koutsouliou, Haymaker Village Shop & Save, Monroeville, Pennsylvania

Tracie Newberry, Piggly Wiggly, Pinetops, North Carolina

Kenny Ng, Calgary Co-Op, Calgary, Alta., Canada

Arturo Perez, Pete’s Fresh Market, Chicago, Illinois

Rick Weber, Hy-Vee Food Store, Waterloo, Iowa


The winners for the 10+ cash registers category are:

1st: John Weber, Hy-Vee Food Store, Worthington, Minnesota

2nd: Ken Marske, Schmitz’s Economart, Spooner, Wisconsin (second year placing in top three)

3rd: Doug Van Til, Van Tils Supermarket, Hammond, Indiana

Honorable Mentions (alphabetical order):

David A, Calgary Co-Op Association, Calgary, Alberta, Canada

Francisco Andrade, Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets, Carol Stream, Illinois

Justin Fiscus, Dutch-way Farm Market, Myerstown, Pennsylvania

William Gordon, Roche Brothers, Wellesley, Massachusetts

Billy Guidry, Rouses Supermarkets, Thibodaux, Louisiana

Benjamin Karlen, Hy-Vee Food Store, Owatonna, Minnesota

Lisa Larson, Calgary Co-Op, Strathmore, Alberta, Canada

Luke Miller, Flemington ShopRite, Flemington, New Jersey

Angel Patino, Angelo Caputo’s Fresh Markets, Elmwood Park, Illinois

Joe Costa, Red River Co-op Southdale, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada

See more winning photos here.

About the author


Lorrie Griffith

An observer of the grocery industry since 1988. Away from her editor job, she's a wife and mother of two grown sons and thinks cooking is (usually) relaxing.

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