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The Shelby Report Recognizes EIA Winners

Exceptional Independents

Welcome to our 2nd Annual Exceptional Independents Award (EIA) Winners digital edition. We are incredibly pleased to highlight our winners who attended The Shelby Report’s EIA ceremony at the NGA Show in Vegas on March 11, 2024.

This event is Shelby Publishing’s opportunity to highlight those companies who have demonstrated true, industry changing innovations. Independent grocers are the lifeblood of the grocery industry, and we are thrilled to recognize them for their exceptional contributions.

Independents are also an integral part of the communities that they serve and lead the way in caring for the health and well-being of their customers. We appreciate all that they do to help feed our communities nationwide.

We were excited to have 64 winners in attendance to accept their award. The enthusiastic crowd of more than 200 people included retailers and their families, the companies who nominated them and their wholesaler and distributor partners.

The March 2024 issues of The Shelby-Griffin Report will highlight all 141 winners from across the country. The winners are proud multi-generational grocers who thrive on hard work and dedication to their neighborhoods. We hope you will enjoy reading about this year’s crop of Exceptional Independents Award winners.

– Maggie Kaeppel, VP Publisher/ NE and Mid-Atlantic, The Shelby Report

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About the author

Sommer Stockton

Web Editor

Sommer joined The Shelby Report in January 2022 after graduating from Brenau University in Gainesville, GA with a B.A. and M.A. in Communications and Media Studies. Sommer is excited to learn about the grocery industry and share her findings with The Shelby Report's readers!

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