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Washington, D.C. - The United Fresh Produce Association here will honor the winners of its 2007 Retail Produce Manager Award at the upcoming United Fresh Marketplace show at FMI, May 5-8, in Chicago.
"All of the nominees are to be commended for their outstanding work," said Frank Padilla, assistant v.p./g.m.m/fresh foods at Costco Wholesale and chairman of the Retail Produce Manager Awards Review Committee. "There were so many excellent nominations that selecting only a few winners was a tough job. The level of commitment and creativity that managers across the country are using to promote produce is truly incredible."
Winners, who were selected from competitive nominations submitted by retail chains, independent supermarkets, and produce companies across the country, are as follows:
John Arrellano, Raley's, San Pablo, Calif.
Ray Bowman, Hy-Vee, Sioux Falls, S.D.
Karen Cappuccilli, Winn Dixie Stores, Inc., Port Charlotte, Fla.
Edward Fairbrother, Price Chopper, Syracuse, N.Y.
Tim Fearing, Niemann's Foods, Inc., Sterling, Ill.
James Fornelli, Jewel Osco, Highland Park, Ill.
Jose Guadarrama, Food4Less, Riverside, Calif.
Jeffery Ingram, Brookshire Grocery Co., Tyler, Texas
Carol Johnson, Raley's, Loomis, Calif.
Kevin Kinsley, Hy-Vee, Rochester, Minn.
Ken Korson, Meijer, Traverse City, Mich.
Cay McConnell, K-VA-T Foods, Blountville, Tenn.
Sandy McMichael, Market Place, Columbia, Ill.
Jim Miner, Bashas', Sedona, Ariz.
Jorge Munoz, Safeway, Inc., Morgan Hill, Calif.
LeRoy Reesman, Albrecht's Sentry Foods, Delafield, Wis.
Shane Scarbrough, Brookshire Grocery Co., Jackson, Miss.
Thomas Sciarrino, Price Chopper, Dunmore, Pa.
Shari Spence, King Soopers, Highland Ranch, Colo.
Michelle Williams, Food Lion, LLC, Charleston, S.C.
"The industry's response to this program was better than ever this year," said Amy Philpott, United Fresh's v.p./marketing and industry relations. "Retailers and produce companies are using this program as a way to honor those store-level produce managers who go out of their way to promote fresh fruits and vegetables."
The 2007 United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards Program is sponsored by Ready Pac.