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SpartanNash Honors Top 10 Suppliers At Annual Expo

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SpartanNash showcased its supplier partnerships July 26-27 during its annual Food Solutions Expo in Grand Rapids, Michigan.

The company honored its top 10 suppliers through its first Impact Awards program, recognizing their exceptional performance and commitment to SpartanNash’s independent grocery retailers and store guests.

The Impact Awards recognized suppliers that have played a pivotal role in the company’s merchandising transformation, which was discussed at its Investor Day in November. SpartanNash is leveraging data and insights to drive enhanced category planning, promotional effectiveness and customer-focused innovation, with supplier collaboration at the helm.

An award ceremony was held ahead of the SpartanNash Food Solutions Expo at the Amway Hotel in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Suppliers were recognized for their outstanding work in digital marketing, category innovation, customer-centric programs, sales growth and overall support of the business. 


The 2023 Impact Award winners are:

  • Best in Class – General Mills;
  • Rising Star – Hometown Food Co.;
  • Pioneering Digital Excellence – Kraft Heinz Co.;
  • Excellence in Execution:
    • Conagra;
    • Chiquita Brands International Sàrl;
    • Danone;
    • Tyson Foods Inc.;
    • Rich Products Corp.;
    • Sandridge Crafted Foods; and
    • Unilever.

Related: Impact Awards at the SpartanNash’s Food Solutions Expo photo gallery

“We are incredibly grateful to our world-class suppliers that have partnered with us in propelling our merchandising transformation forward,” said Bennett Morgan, SVP and chief merchandising officer. 

“These suppliers have demonstrated time and again their commitment to creating an outstanding shopper experience and helping independent grocery retailers grow their business. We are proud to celebrate them and look forward to continuing to grow together.”

More than 2,000 attendees participated in the 2023 SpartanNash Food Solutions ExpoThe “Playing to Win”-themed event created a platform for independent grocery customers, suppliers and SpartanNash employees to share upcoming trends, access deals and network with industry professionals.

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