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SEG’s Williams Wins Produce Innovation Award

Steve Williams

Steve Williams, VP of produce and floral for Southeastern Grocers, has been named as a winner of the Produce Marketing Association’s Retail Merchant Innovation Award. He was credited with developing new elements for SEG’s produce departments, including:

  • Creative and educational in-store signage displayed throughout the produce departments to help customers navigate new signature categories and enhanced organic selection; and
  • Farm-fresh market style departments featuring varieties of signature items, including fresh and dried peppers, tomatoes and mushrooms, along with a unique assortment of tropical fruits and berries.

Retail Merchant Innovation Award winners are recognized for the planning and execution of a unique or seasonal promotion for fruits and vegetables that educates consumers, increases store sales and addresses sustainability in some way. A panel of leaders in marketing, sales and merchandising judge nominations based on the following criteria:

  • Retailer’s produce marketing/merchandising plan solved a specific challenge and added to store sustainability efforts;
  • Promotion period must be a minimum of one month and data submitted includes baseline, length of promotion, percent of sales growth of item(s) and the outcome of the promotion;
  • Promotion increased consumers’ product knowledge, demand for the product and sales. Examples of artifacts to submit include advertisements, photos, consumer feedback, etc.;
  • Sustainability was improved within the store or the environment as a result of plan; and
  • Merchant demonstrated motivational and inspirational leadership to team in pursuit of goal.

SEG’s new signature categories feature the best in market on variety, quality, packaging, merchandising and pricing value for fresh mushrooms, peppers, tomatoes, berries and tropical fruits. The grocer congratulates Williams and his team for this recognition and for their hard work to innovate engaging concepts and increase produce consumption throughout its five-state footprint.

Jacksonville, Florida-based SEG is the parent company of Fresco Y Más, Harvey’s and Winn-Dixie.

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