The Minnesota Grocers Association recognized recent award winners July 31 at the MGA Annual Conference in Brainerd, Minnesota.
The awards were presented by Doug Winsor, MGA board chair, and Jamie Pfuhl, MGA president. This is the state’s premier event showcasing the pride and tremendous accomplishments of those in the Minnesota food industry.
The 2022 Outstanding Grocer award was presented to Mark Collier, owner of Superfair Foods. He was born and raised in St. James, Minnesota. Collier began his nearly 40-year grocery career in high school and continued to work at the store in the summers while in college. He took over the family store in 1997, making him the third generation of Colliers to operate Superfair Foods.
The store has sponsored everything from the building of a new concession stand at the local baseball park to the St. James After-Prom party. Superfair Foods has also been a past recipient of the St. James Chamber of Commerce Business of the Year.
Collier is a member of the local Lion’s Club in St. James and has served as the club president three times. He served as the board chair of the MGA from 2016-18, and continues to serve on its executive committee.
The 2022 Outstanding Vendor award was presented to Bryan Anderson of Old Dutch Foods. This award is given to those who show innovation in customer support, excellence in customer service, as well as involvement in the MGA. In 1986, 15-year-old Anderson started his career in the grocery world as a carryout at R.C. Dicks IGA in West St. Paul.
Anderson continued working in the industry. He joined Old Dutch Foods in 1994 as a route salesman. As his career advanced, Anderson took on the role of route supervisor, where he served for the next nine years. In 2006, he was promoted to space management specialist and key account manager, the titles that he has held for the past 15 years.
Glen Gust, retired owner of Glen’s Food Center in Luverne, was inducted into the Minnesota Grocers Association’s Hall of Fame in recognition of his service and contributions to the state’s food industry. Gust started delivering milk at the age 10. By his teens, he was bagging potatoes for Lyslo’s Super Valu in Canby. While attending college, Gust worked at Diamond Lake Super Valu in Minneapolis and he decided that he should get into the grocery business himself.
After serving a stint in the Army, Gust spent five years as assistant manager at a Burnsville Super Valu before opening a store in Luverne – Glen’s Food Center. Over the years, he expanded the store, eventually moving into a larger building in 2003. He also opened a c-store – Glen’s Food & Gas Center. Gust retired in 2016.
Gust was honored as the 1999 Outstanding Grocer and he served as MGA chairman from 2012-14. His commitment, vision and leadership have made an impression on the food industry; this induction to the MGA Hall of Fame is an acknowledgment of his career.
The MGA has also announced Chris Quisberg of S & R Quisberg in Baxter was named chairman of the association. He took over the position on July 31 from Doug Winsor of Jerry’s Enterprises, Inc. in Edina.
Additionally, this year’s award presentation celebrated the 125-year anniversary of the Minnesota Grocers Association. This celebration was concluded with a proclamation and remarks of appreciation from Gov. Tim Walz.