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Hy-Vee Inc. honored seven of its vendor partners, and one individual executive, with 2008 Supplier of the Year Awards at its recent annual Supplier Appreciation Day.
The West Des Moines, Iowa-based grocer divided the best-of-class honors into seven categories, and chose honorees based on the broker or supplier's ability to provide exemplary service in fill rate, innovation, promotions, and accuracy.
This year, Hy-Vee recognized:
Broker of the Year: Advantage Sales and Marketing, Urbandale, Iowa
Direct Store Delivery: Sara Lee Fresh Bakery, Downers Grove, Ill.
Perishable Supplier: Sunwest Fruit Co. Inc., Parlier, Calif.
Grocery Supplier: General Mills, Golden Valley, Minn.
Non-Foods Supplier: Tiffany Materials Ltd., China
Private Label Supplier: Cliffstar Corp., Dunkirk, N.Y.
The chain selected vendor exec Jim Harnack, key account manager for General Mills, as vendor representative of the year. It commended Harnack for his rapport with execs at HQ and also the stores, and his attention to every detail of the business.
Hy-Vee, Inc. is an employee-owned corporation operating 224 retail stores in seven Midwestern states.