West Des Moines, Iowa-based Hy-Vee will host its next quarterly Best of Local Brands Summit in May to expand and enhance the product offerings at its more than 285 retail stores across eight Midwestern states.
Since the Best of Local Brands summits began in early 2021, more than 125 new brands have been selected and are available to customers. Hy-Vee hopes to identify suppliers with diverse backgrounds and encourages minority-owned and women-owned businesses to apply.
The summit will consist of 15- to 30-minute virtual presentations from selected suppliers and will take place May 10.
Hy-Vee will accept submissions for its Best of Local Brands Summit online beginning on March 20 at rangeme.com/hyveebestoflocal23q2 in the categories of retail-ready products for grocery, produce, deli, general merchandise, frozen, dairy and health and beauty care. The submission deadline is April 3.
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.
An employee-owned corporation, Hy-Vee ranks in the Top 5 Most Trusted Brands and has been named one of America’s Top 3 favorite grocery stores.