West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee will host its next quarterly Best of Local Brands Summit in March to expand and enhance the product offerings at its more than 285 retail stores in Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, Minnesota, Missouri, Nebraska, South Dakota and Wisconsin.
Since the Best of Local Brands summit began in early 2021, more than 125 new brands have been selected and are available to customers.
The grocer is elevating its efforts of identifying suppliers with diverse backgrounds and encourages minority-owned and women-owned businesses to apply for the quarterly summits.
The summit will consist of 15- to 30-minute virtual presentations from selected suppliers and will take place March 1.
Hy-Vee will accept submissions for its Best of Local Brands Summit online beginning Jan. 9 at rangeme.com/hyveebestoflocal23q1 in the following categories of retail-ready products: grocery, produce, deli, general merchandise, frozen, dairy, and health and beauty care.
The submission deadline is Jan. 23.
ECRM and RangeMe are helping Hy-Vee source, qualify and connect with suppliers. All product submissions will be made through RangeMe, an online product discovery and sourcing platform. All meetings will be conducted through ECRM’s virtual meeting platform, ECRM Connect.
Suppliers not chosen for participation in this summit will still be accessible through RangeMe and may be reviewed by Hy-Vee again in the future.
Hy-Vee is an employee-owned corporation operating more than 285 retail stores across eight Midwestern states with sales of more than $13 billion annually.
For additional information, visit hy-vee.com.