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Retail-Foodservice Celebration Dinner


6:00 pm - 7:00 pm

Before heading to the Retail-Foodservice Celebration Dinner, join United Fresh leaders and fellow attendees for an hour of networking and good cheer.

The reception will be held in the Crystal Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Sponsored By:
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7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

The stars of our industry are celebrated at the annual Retail-Foodservice Celebration Dinner! We'll play tribute to the “best of the best” on the frontline of our industry by honoring outstanding retail produce managers and recognizing leading chefs for their excellence.

The dinner will be held immediately following the Chairman's Reception, in the Crystal Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

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Retail Produce Manager Awards

The United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards Program pays special recognition to produce managers on the front lines in supermarkets working every day to increase sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

25 of the industry’s top retail produce managers will be honored at the Retail-Foodservice Celebration Dinner for their commitment to fresh produce, innovative merchandising, community service and customer satisfaction.

Thank you to our program sponsor, Dole.


Congratulations to the 2017 Retail Produce Manager Award winners:

  • Luis Fernando Almada, Northgate Gonzalez Market, Los Angeles, CA
  • Mike Caceres, Haggen/Albertsons Companies, Olympia, WA
  • Mike Davis, FoodMaxx/Save Mart Companies, Oroville, CA
  • John Dedie, Tops Friendly Markets, Henrietta, NY
  • Michael Dyer, Raley's, Reno, NV
  • Stefanie Galeana, Roundy's Pick N Save, Appleton, WI
  • Albert Garnett, Stop and Shop/Ahold, Harwich, MA
  • Andrew Gass, Sobeys, Moncton, NB, Canada
  • Lou Kwisnek, Big Y, Northampton, MA
  • Laura Llewellyn, The Food Co-op, Port Townsend, WA
  • Dillon Maple, Hy-Vee, Inc., West Des Moines, IA
  • Gordon Matthew, Fred Meyer/Kroger, Seattle, WA
  • Jack Myers, Weis Markets, Inc., Bellefonte, PA
  • Erin Niedbalski, Martin's Super Markets, South Bend, IN
  • Patrick Odell, Price Chopper/Golub, Oneonta, NY
  • Matt Pace, Lowes Foods Inc., Winston Salem, NC
  • Stephanie Peter, DeCA Commissary, Miramar, CA
  • Jerod Proctor, Schnucks, Springfield, IL
  • Ricky Rommell, Food Lion, Wallace, NC
  • Carlo Scafati, Metro Inc., Etobicoke, ON, Canada
  • Tim Sexton, Harris Teeter, Chapel Hill, NC
  • William  Stewart, Food City/K-VA-T, Paintsville, KY
  • Tim Wilson, Meijer, Grand Rapids, MI
  • Bridget Winkelman, Coborn's Inc., Isanti, MN
  • David Wood, Brookshire Grocery Company, El Dorado, AR



Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards

The United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program, now in its tenth year, pays special tribute to chefs and foodservice operations for excellence in the use of fresh produce in the culinary arts.

Eight top chefs and foodservice directors will be honored at the Retail-Foodservice Celebration Dinner for their commitment to spotlighting fresh produce on their menus to delight customer with their culinary creations.

Click here to learn more about the 2017 winners!

Thank you to our program sponsor, PRO*ACT, LLC.



Congratulations to the 2017 Produce Excellence in Foodservice Award winners:

Business in Industry:
Chef Ted Mathesius, Executive Chef, Adobe Café Lehi/Bon Appetit Management Company, Lehi, UT

Casual & Family Dining Restaurants:
Chef Shane Schaibly, Corporate Chef and Vice President of Culinary Strategy, First Watch Restaurants, Inc., Brandenton, FL

Colleges & Universities:
Chef Eric Lindstrom, Deputy Director of Retail Dining/Executive Chef, United States Naval Academy, Annapolis, MD

Hospitals & Healthcare:
Chef Ralph Chavez, System Executive Chef, Touchpoint Healthcare Services, Austin, TX

Fine Dining Restaurants:
Chef Varin Keokitvon, Chef, Heartwood Provisions, Seattle, WA

Hotels & Resorts:
Chef Matt Smith, CEC, Executive Chef, Sheraton Columbus Hotel at Capitol Square, Columbus, OH

K-12 School Foodservice:
Robert Cuellar, Jr., Child Nutrition Program Director, Laredo Independent School District, Laredo, TX

Quick Service Restaurants:
Lacey Hudgins, Head of Product Development, Wildflower Bread Company, Scottsdale, AZ


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