United Fresh awards produce manager grand prizes

From left: Michael Sockett, Elaine Fong, Roman Teig and Baryn Hagood-Lund, along with David Scarlett (not pictured) received a check for $1,000 as the grand prize winners in the United Fresh Retail Produce Manager Awards.

CHICAGO—Before releasing the balloons and beach balls to signal the lead up to next year’s United Fresh Convention in San Diego, there was one more award to present.

Five winners in the Retail Produce Manager Awards went home even happier, with a $1,000 grand prize check awarded at a party to celebrate the close of United Fresh 2019.

The Retail Produce Manager Awards were much more visible this year, inviting the full convention and expo attendance into the celebration, with photos of the winning produce managers displayed in the McCormick Place concourse.

And the winners were:

  • 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; and
  • David Scarlett, Food City/K-VA-T, Knoxville, TN.

And if you didn’t get a chance to read a little more about all of this year’s winners, you should check out the United Fresh social media pages for photos from each winner in their stores.

This is truly my favorite award given in all of fresh produce. Recognition for the people who have the closest relationships with our consumers is a vital part of career development, whether you have 20 years of experience or two.

Congratulations to all of this year’s winners!

Pamela Riemenschneider is the Retail Editor for Blue Book Services.