> United Fresh 2020 Convention & Expo

Retail Produce
Manager Awards

JUNE 16 - 18 2020 | SAN DIEGO, CA
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Honoring the Best of the Produce Industry's Front Line

The United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards Program pays special recognition to produce managers on the front line in supermarkets who work every day to increase sales and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. This past June, attendees joined United Fresh and our program sponsor, Dole Food Company, Inc. in honoring 25 of the industry’s top retail produce managers for their commitment to fresh produce, innovative merchandising, community service, and customer satisfaction.

Congratulations to the 2019 Retail Produce Manager Award Winners:

  • Vincente Aguirre, Fort Bliss Commissary, El Paso, TX
  • Gregory Barnufsky Jr., Yokes Fresh Markets, Spokane, WA
  • Mike Burdi, Metro Ontario Inc., Toronto, ON, Canada
  • Jerry Clark II, The Fresh Market, Roanoke, VA
  • Cassandra Crone, North State Grocery, Inc., Auburn, CA
  • Bobby David, Audubon Market, St. Francisville, LA
  • William Denault, Price Chopper Supermarkets, Lenox, MA
  • Elaine Fong, Calgary Co-op, Calgary, AB, Canada
  • Baryn Hagood-Lund, Safeway Inc., Everett, WA
  • Heather Hudgins, MOM's Organic Markets, Whitemarsh, MD
  • Edward Jette, Big Y Foods, Easton, MA
  • Jason Karaffa, Albrecht's Sentry Foods, Delafield, WI
  • Robin Manwaring, Tops Friendly Markets, Pulaski, NY
  • Greg Miller, Raley's Family of Fine Stores, Chico, CA
  • Michael Rowe, Brookshire’s Grocery Company, Bridgeport, TX
  • David Scarlett, Food City/K-VA-T Food Stores, Knoxville, TN
  • Martin Sevensky, Weis Markets, Inc., Clarks Summit, PA
  • Michael Sockett, Gelson's Markets, Valley Village, CA
  • Jimmy Strickland, Harris Teeter, Fayetteville, NC
  • Charles Tavacol, Giant Foods, McLean, VA
  • Roman Teig, Hy-Vee, Inc., Omaha, NE
  • Jason Thompson, Hollywood Markets, Madison Heights, MI
  • David Thompson, The Kroger Company, Peachtree City, GA
  • Brittany Woodall, Fred Meyer, Bellevue, WA
  • Patricia Young, Meijer, Springfield, IL

Five winners in the Retail Produce Manager Awards went home with a $1,000 grand prize. Congratulations to these winners: 

  • Michael Sockett, Gelson’s Market, Valley Village, CA
  • Elaine Fong, Calgary Co-op, Calgary, AB
  • Roman Teig, Hy-Vee Inc., Omaha, NE
  • Baryn Hagood-Lund, Safeway Inc., Everett, WA
  • David Scarlett, Food City/K-VA-T, Knoxville, TN

After two days of industry engagement through networking and education throughout the expo, we all gathered to recognize and celebrate 2019’s 25 Retail Produce Manager Award Winners during the Retail-Foodservice Celebration on Wednesday, June 12 at 3:00 pm.

“Produce managers are the face of our industry to the consumer. Their creativity and positive interaction with customers grows produce sales and ultimately consumption of fruits and vegetables. This program is a powerful way to send a message to produce managers everywhere that we value what they do
- Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association

Thank you to our Program Sponsor, Dole Foods Inc.

“This is Dole’s fifth year as title sponsor of the United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards, and we could not be more proud to be a part of this important recognition program,” shared Johan Linden, President and CEO of Dole Food Company. “These men and women do so much to promote the increased consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables, and this gives us an opportunity to recognize that contribution and a platform to express our sincere thanks on behalf of our company and our industry.”



The nomination period for the 2020 Retail Produce Manager Awards program will be open this fall. For more information about the Retail Produce Manager Awards Program, contact Spencer Crawford at 202-303-3415.