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The Pear Bureau Northwest named the winners in its third annual Pear up with USA Pears display contest. Produce department managers/directors were tasked with designing creative and educational USA Pears displays featuring Green and Red Anjou, Bosc pears and more.
The display had to be up for at least one week between Jan. 1 and April 15, and were judged on appearance, creativity and educational value to shoppers. Each retailer received an Amazon card and an additional five bonus points if the display included second, smaller-sized fruit in bulk, bags or totes.
First ($1,000), second ($750), and third ($500) place prizes were awarded as well as 10 honorable mentions in three store size categories. This year’s first place winners were: Tammy McEachron, Mirbitos IGA, Hannibal, N.Y.; David Scarlett, KVAT Food Stores, Knoxville, Tenn.; and John Weber, Hy-Vee Food Store, Worthington, Minn.
“We appreciate the work that goes into each entry and know participating retailers appreciate the pear category increases of as much as 300% reported during the contest,” says Kathy Stephenson, marketing communications director for Pear Bureau Northwest. “They are the heroes of the industry.”
The complete list of this year’s winners:
1-5 Cash Register Category
1st Place: Tammy McEachron, Mirbitos IGA, Hannibal, N.Y.
2nd Place: Holly Mathis, Neighborhood Co-op Grocery, Carbondale, Ill. (second year placing in top three)
3rd Place: Margie Hansen, Nilssen’s Foods, Baldwin, Wis.
Honorable Mentions (Alphabetical Order):
Sheila Burt, Mike’s Food Center, St. Charles, Minn.
Kathy Fleming, Hurley’s Fresh Market, Towanda, Pa.
Mike Hearns, Hollywood Markets, Troy, Mich.
Nancy Hoffstetter, Cortland Sparkle Market, Cortland, Ohio
Kia Lapier, Tops Markets, Schroon Lake, N.Y.
Tracey Norton, Sumter IGA, Sumter, S.C.
Lisa Reedy, Community Markets, Oak Harbor, Ohio
Rex Titch, Tops Markets, Waterford, Pa.
Marcie Zweigart, St. Helens Marketfresh, St. Helens, Ore.
Teresa Lewis, Piggly Wiggly, Oak Hill, Ohio